Domestic abuse training begins for the whole of Police Scotland

10th December 2018

Today, SafeLives are delighted to see the the delivery of training begin for more than 14,000 Police Scotland officers and staff in identifying controlling behaviours to support the introduction of the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act. 

Suzanne Jacob, Chief Executive of SafeLives, said: 

"We are delighted to see the roll out of this training across Police Scotland. We know that over 130,000 people in Scotland live with domestic abuse every year and the majority of those will experience controlling and coercive behaviour. 

"A common understanding and awareness across Police Scotland of the dynamics of abuse and the tactics used by perpetrators is vital. With this training, the police will be able to see the whole picture for families and victims experiencing harm - helping people become safe sooner, and holding perpetrators to account.

"We're thankful to our partners  ASSIST, the Caledonian SystemSacro and Scottish Borders Safer Communities team for helping us get to this stage and to all the expert practitioners who will support us to deliver it. We look forward to working with Police Scotland to improve the response."

Read the full Police Scotland press release

For more information and interviews, please contact Natalie Mantle, Senior Communications Officer at or 0117 403 3251. 

Note to Editors:
SafeLives is a UK charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good. We combine insights from services, survivors and statistics to support people to become safe, well and rebuild their lives. Last year alone, over 60,000 adults and 100,000 children received dedicated support from interventions we have designed with partners in the sector.

Domestic abuse affects us all; it thrives on being hidden behind closed doors. We must make it everybody’s business.