We’re helping professionals who come into contact with those affected by domestic abuse have the confidence to ASC.
Domestic abuse is an all too common occurrence, affecting 1 in 5 women and 1 in 6 men at some point in their lives. Abuse comes in many forms, physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial. Coercive and controlling behaviour has been a crime in Scotland since 1st April 2019 and the Domestic Abuse Act passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2018 makes all forms of abuse within an intimate or former intimate partner relationship a criminal offence.
We realised in 2010 that training on domestic abuse was something that many of us, whether working in health or in other professions, just didn’t have and that many opportunities to reach out to those living with abuse were missed as a result because we just didn’t know what to do.
So we put a training package together and started providing training along with our partners the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. In 2015 that training became ASC (Ask Support Care).
We are not aiming to be or to create experts in domestic abuse we are just aiming to give a wide range of people the skills to ask about it and to signpost people towards expert help.
Our training has been delivered to doctors, dentists, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, fire and rescue officers, vets and housing officers along with many third sector workers. We’ve made it accessible to everyone and its relevance and usefulness has been acknowledged across sectors.