march, 2020

31mar10:00 am1:00 pmOut of the Shadows Yet?: Dynamics and impacts of domestic abuse in Christian contexts, and the response of churches in Scotland


Event Details

Twenty years ago, Lesley Orr coordinated Out of the Shadows, a ground-breaking Scottish research project about violence against women in Christian contexts, and challenged the churches to respond. This year Kay Steven has been conducting new research to investigate the tactics and dynamics of domestic abuse experienced by women in Christian families in Scotland. How do survivors’ faith, participation in Christian communities/churches, and experiences of domestic abuse impact their recognition of abuse and patterns of help seeking? And what are the barriers and enablers Christian communities/churches present to survivors of domestic abuse recognizing abuse and seeking help? Has domestic abuse and violence against women in Christian communities come out of the shadows yet? Kay will present her research findings and Lesley will review developments in Scottish churches since her project. The seminar will highlight how churches can become resources and partners in challenging domestic abuse and creating conditions which support the safety and wellbeing of survivors in their midst.

Facilitators: Kay Steven and Lesley Orr

Kay is an experienced domestic abuse training and policy professional, a Christian and a feminist. She is undertaking postgraduate research in gender studies at Stirling University.

Lesley is a feminist historian, researcher and freelance consultant on violence against women and gender justice. She is an experienced trainer, including work for Scottish Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis and Zero Tolerance. She helped initiate the pioneering Gender Justice and Violence: Feminist Approaches course at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, and is a member of the teaching team.  Lesley was a key member of the team  which developed the ambitious 40th anniversary project Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland. She has a track record of commitment to challenging gender inequality, abuse and violence against women – in Scotland and internationally – and has written extensively on these issues, in relation to faith communities and wider society.

Cost: £50 per statutory sector delegate; £35 per voluntary sector delegate

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(Tuesday) 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Scottish Women’s Aid, 2nd Floor, Rose Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 3JD

Scottish Women’s Aid, 2nd Floor, Rose Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 3JD