The Scottish police recorded 65,252 incidents of domestic abuse in 2020-2021, an increase of 4% compared to the previous year. The impact of the pandemic has created difficulties for the safety of victim- survivors and the prosecution of perpetrators.

Our Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse course provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the Domestic Abuse Act 2018 and the Domestic Abuse Protection Act 2021, what implications it has for changing practice across all sectors and gives you practical guidance on how to meet your statutory duties and improve practice in your local area.

Through a series of expert-led interactive sessions, you will go back to your organisation armed with an understanding of the next steps and practical tools for securing aid for victim-survivors.

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Samantha Fingland
Domestic Abuse Advocate and Specialist Trainer

With both an academic and practical background, I have over 15years experience of working within the gender based violence and sexual abuse sector, specialising in Domestic Abuse.  I am an Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate and specialist trainer and have worked with and alongside some of the most influential charities and organisations in Scotland such as Shelter Scotland, the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit and SafeLives.  I am passionate about supporting the eradication of GBV and look to empower others to understand the dynamics of abuse and the appropriate responses to it.

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Paul Short
Service Manager, Housing Service - Fife Council

I have worked in the housing field since 1988 working for both Dunfermline District Council and Fife Council.

I have been very lucky in having a career which has combined managing Area Housing Teams and working on large scale service change projects. Some of the projects I have been involved in are – developing a new Housing Allocations policy, developing Housing Options Advice models for use across the Council, developing and getting Care Inspectorate registration for Housing Support services.

In recent years I have been the Councils Service Manager for Housing, Health & Social Care. This involves ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of the policies surrounding tackling and preventing domestic violence and abuse
  • Develop a multi-agency response to domestic violence and abuse (DVA) to improve prevention and early referral
  • Explore how to better identify, protect and support victims of DVA through design timely and effective local referral pathways
  • Support victims of DVA and their families through providing the appropriate resources
  • Take away an action plan to implement key learning from the day in your setting
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:00 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Tackling Domestic Abuse: Policy in Practice

  • Evaluate the success of the Domestic Abuse Act 2018 and the Domestic Abuse Protection Act 2021
  • Discuss the importance of Domestic Abuse Protection Notices (DAPNs) and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPOs)
  • Consider the importance of a Multi- organisational approach to tackling domestic violence
  • Identify the challenges to implementing an effective DVA strategy
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:15

The Impact of the Pandemic on cases of Domestic Abuse

  • Discuss how to address the impact of the pandemic
  • Consider what more can be done to ensure the safety of victims and their families
12:15 - 13:15


13:15 - 14:00

Supporting Victims and Families of Domestic Abuse

Paul Short, Service Manager, Housing Services, Fife Council – CONFIRMED

  • Develop provisions to ensure child safety when victim to/ witness to domestic abuse
  • Identify key steps for keeping victim-survivors safe in their own homes and, when not possible, for providing safe accommodation
  • Ensure that victim-survivors of domestic abuse have immediate access to support, practical help and legal assistance
14:00 - 14:45

Achieving Successful Prosecution and Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse

  • Identify and overcoming the challenges of prosecuting perpetrators
  • Maximise the safety of domestic abuse victims and hold offenders accountable through the Caledonian System
  • Recognise how working with perpetrators of domestic abuse as part of a community-based response can help prevent reoffending
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Develop Strategies for Tackling Domestic Violence

  • Identify how you can play a part in the fight against domestic abuse
  • Strategic leadership makes a difference—increasing accountability in local systems through improvement and performance management
  • How to access justice for victim-survivors
  • Take back an action plan for an effective DVA response strategy
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up and Key Takeaways



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Private Sector

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Central Edinburgh