Domestic abuse training begins for the whole of Police Scotland

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.

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 System, Sacro 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.

Suzanne Jacob, Chief Executive of SafeLives

Read the Report

Initial evaluation of the Domestic Abuse Matters training programme, delivered to first responders across four English Police Force areas between 2017 and 2018

DA Matters: Police responders training initial report

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