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The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) has today launched a training video for solicitors, which discusses the benefits of a trauma-informed practice when working with those who have experienced domestic abuse. Funded by the Scottish Government, the free online video and CPD questions are now available on the Law Society of Scotland’s website.
We are very excited to introduce you to Erin, our new Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers play a central part in assisting our solicitors in the helplines and with casework, and Erin’s role is crucial to keep our volunteers engaged and to offer them the best experience possible.
To celebrate Volunteer Week, we asked Erin to tell us more about herself and her experience volunteering for us.
Today we stand in solidarity with the nine women in Alex Salmond’s sexual assault trial as we find out the verdict is ‘not guilty’ for 12 of the 13 charges, and ‘not proven’ for one charge. Only a small percentage of rape and sexual assault cases in Scotland make it to court and it is important to highlight that the evidence in this case was significant enough to take it to this point.
At the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre, the wellbeing of our service users, volunteers, staff and their families is paramount. This is why, to prevent the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, we have made some adjustments to our services.
We know this can be a difficult time for women who are experiencing abuse, and we want to make sure they are still able to access our legal and advocacy services.
In the last decades the internet has become deeply embedded in our lives. Although online spaces tend to be perceived as safe and equal, the reality is that many forms of violence against women have been transported to these spaces, and stalking is not the exception.
Increasingly we see stalkers use the internet to track, intimidate, harass and abuse women. This is known as cyberstalking. From unwanted social media messages and comments to getting your online accounts hacked, there are many ways in which you can be cyberstalked.
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