Day of awareness on domestic abuse in Stirling

A DAY of awareness to address the effects and impact of domestic abuse took place in Stirling recently.

More than 70 delegates, representing local authorities, voluntary groups and organisations, as well as health and social work professionals, attended the event at the Raploch Campus.

Organised by the Cedar Project (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery) with funding from Stirling Community Planning Partnership, the aim of the event was to increase awareness of domestic abuse across the Stirling area.

Issues covered included identification and response, risk assessment, intervention and on-going support, inter-agency working and the sharing and developing of skills.

During the event, delegates had the opportunity to take part in three of the ten workshops on offer, which included topics such as “trauma and working with children”, “links between domestic abuse on children, drug misuse and pre-birth planning” and “services available to women and children in Stirling”.

There was also a discussion and a questions section with members of the panel representing Stirling Council, NHS Forth Valley, Stirling Child Protection Committee, Central Scotland Police and Women’s Aid.

Gordon Main, Stirling Councils social care’s assessment and early intervention team leader, said: “The attendance from such a variety of local agencies and the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the delegates was very pleasing.

“The feedback received will be used to influence and continue the development of quality services for children and adults affected by domestic abuse.”