Domestic abuse training session "valuable" - Lesley Brennan

9 December 2013

Councillor Lesley Brennan has described a session for councillors on raising awareness of domestic abuse as " valuable".

The training session was held training for councillors that included a discussion on the spectrum of violence against women, and the levels of recorded incidents by the police and partner agencies in the City.

They learned of the good practice happening in Dundee regarding joint working across the different agencies and how this joint working is improving the lives of women and children.

It was also noted that it is important to recognise that men can experience domestic abuse as well.

Crucially, elected members were advised on how to respond appropriately to someone who discloses that they are experiencing domestic abuse.

Elected members asked many questions to the officers regarding policing, housing, and what to do when you suspect someone is experiencing domestic abuse.

Councillor Brennan commented,

" I can truly say that I learned a huge amount about what is happening in Dundee regarding domestic abuse support services.

"The depths of the difficulties that women and children experience are being acknowledged and the support is improving.

"When I was involved in conducting research for Scottish Women’s Aid a decade ago, there was a strong recommendation for more joint working.

"On hearing what is happening in the city, I was really heartened.

"I am confident that this training has improved my responses and those of my elected member colleagues to individuals who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse that we come into to contact with."

The session was held during the period of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, starting November 25, International Day to End Violence Against Women, until December 10.