Domestic Violence

Gender Based Violence
Incorporating training into an HNC
A joint project with the Scottish
Government and Women’s Aid
Jane Ann Cameron
[email protected]
Domestic Violence
• Domestic violence accounts for 16% to 25% of all recorded
violent crime. (Home Office, 2004; Dodd et al., 2004)
• 32% of women who had ever experienced domestic violence
did so four or five (or more) times, and women constituted
89% of all those who had experienced 4 or more incidents
of domestic violence. (Walby and Allen, 2004)
• On average 2 women a week are killed by a male partner
or former partner: this constitutes around one-third of all
female homicide victims. (Povey, (ed.) 2005; Home Office,
1999; Department of Health, 2005.)
These statistics from Women’s Aid website
In just one month…
January 2011
• More than 4,500 cases of domestic abuse
were recorded across Scotland during the
festive period in 2010/11
• These figures were released by the police, who
described them as Scotland's badge of shame.
• They suggest that long-term efforts to tackle the
problem are having limited effect.
• The Equality Act 2006 introduced the Public
Sector Duty for Gender which requires all public
agencies to promote equality of opportunity
between women and men, and eliminate unlawful
discrimination and harassment..
• As it is one of the most sensitive indicators of
gender inequality, violence against women has
been identified as a ministerial priority.
Government Initiative
• The Scottish Government’s “Safer Lives”
initiative involves partnership between:
• National and local government
• Government and community planning
• Actively encourages local responses to
tackling violence against women including
partnership with third sector organisations
and public bodies
Healthcare Involvement
• Gender based violence (GBV) also
presents a challenge for all healthcare
professionals, both in its identification and
in supporting clients who are experiencing
• Kilmarnock College’s principle attended a
Principles’ forum where the Scottish
Government presented in relation to their
Safer Scotland Initiative specifically
Gender Based Violence and in discussion
with the speaker volunteered Kilmarnock
College as a base for the pilot to take place.
• Working with our partners the Scottish
Government Equality Unit, the Healthcare
Policy and Strategy Directorate and
Scottish Women’s aid a scoping exercise
was undertaken to identify the feasibility of
incorporating this initiative into the HNC
delivered in healthcare.
Links to the HNC
• Values
• Care Process assessment of needs
• Positive Care Environment
• Team working
• Links also made to:
• Psychology and Sociology, Principles of
Health Care Practice, Health Care Policy and
Workplace Experience
• College staff underwent 1 full day and two
½ days training with staff from Scottish
Women’s Aid
• Received materials from Scottish Woman’s
Aid and NHS Scotland for our own reading
and to be available to our students
• Staff concerns
Staff Concerns
• Recent local events
• Students directly associated with these
• Student’s own experiences
• Ability of staff to respond appropriately to
students on the day
Preparation for the Training
• Discussion with students of possible
content of training
• Exploration of what they thought their
responsibilities might be as a future health
care professional
• Recent events in local communities
• Counselling available on the day
1st Training Session
• Scottish Executive - rationale
• Facilitated by Woman’s Aid – using a
variety of delivery methods e.g.
• Individual and group work,
• Power Point presentation,
• Video
• Counselling support available for students
Post Session Debrief
• New understanding
• Listen better to friends
• Discussion of what a ‘professional
response should be’
• Where does the Code of Practice fit in
2nd Session
Recap of first session
Case study exercise and discussion
Class discussion
Overall evaluation
Case Studies
• Small group exercise with feedback to
class using 6 case studies covering a
variety of situations
• Possible indicators
• Initial response +/• Response of professionals
• Response of others
• Making links to the NMC
• Overall class discussion
• Students – very positive. Enjoyed the
experience and felt they had learned a great
deal they could take forward into their future
• Staff – very positive, used similar format in
HNC Social Care
The Future
• 1 day session
• Materials available on VLE for students to
access pre and post training
• Future practitioners who have a
heightened knowledge and understanding
and a heightened awareness of interprofessional respect to facilitate the best
possible response for the individual
• Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team
• CPD for staff using the programme. - to
raise awareness of the issue and promote
positive attitudes.

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