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SWRC Approved Domestic Abuse Training for Solicitors

We offer an Approved Domestic Abuse Training for Solicitors, which aims to introduce you to domestic abuse legislation in Scotland as well as good practice when working with people who have experienced domestic abuse.

The training consists of 2 modules and those who complete both will be included in our network of solicitors.

Being part of this network means your contact details will be added to a list available on our website for women seeking a solicitor for a domestic abuse-related case.


The training will cover the following topics:

  • Module 1: Understanding Domestic Abuse and Developing A Trauma Informed Practice
  • Module 2: Understanding the Law and Practice in Domestic Abuse Cases

These modules can be taken interchangeably and completion of both will give you access to our network of solicitors.

Watch the video below for a taster of what the training will cover:


Helen Hughes is a partner with McAuley McCarthy & Co, Paisley and a specialist in Family Law with over 30 years' experience in this area of law, with particular expertise in cases involving domestic abuse. Helen will deliver the legal aspects of this training on behalf of the SWRC.

Jodie McVicar is Scottish Women's Aid’s National Trainer who works with local and national partners to raise awareness of best practice in providing effective service responses to domestic abuse. In this training she will focus on how to work with people living with domestic abuse.

Upcoming training dates



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