Dialogues with Scotland’s History of Domestic Abuse

A one day symposium

Following on from the success of public engagement workshop ‘Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future’ (March 2012), the symposium ‘Dialogues with Scotland’s History of Domestic Abuse’ was held on Friday 20 June 2014. This event brought together c.80 delegates representing a wide range of government, judicial and legislative bodies, research-led institutions, campaigning groups and practice-led initiatives; those present therefore included practitioners and policy workers, activists as well as early career and established academics. Delegates shared knowledge and best practice with regard to various key components of work currently being taken forward in relation to domestic abuse in Scotland. Discussion of the prevalence, attitudes surrounding, and experience of domestic abuse over the nineteenth, twentieth and early twenty-first centuries prompted further questions and debate around the ways in which recent research findings can serve to constructively inform future provision, practice and policy.

Please note that, below, you can listen to podcasts of all papers presented at this event.


Hidden Voices

Chair: Alex Shepard

Kirsty Calderwood, Children’s Coordinator, The CEDAR Project, ‘Breaking the Secret: Domestic abuse recovery with Cedar Glasgow’

Rosemary Elliot and Annmarie Hughes, University of Glasgow, ‘Bad Girls’ or ‘Child Outrages’? Exploring Female Adolescent Sexual Exploitation in Glasgow c.1900-1920’

Brain Dempsey, AMIS, University of Dundee, ‘Hearing the voices of men who experience domestic abuse’

Public Voices

Chair: Jeff Meek

Meagan Butler, University of Glasgow, ‘Presenting Experiences of Domestic Abuse in the Public Arena in the Nineteenth Century’

Lesley Orr, Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, ‘”Rocking the Status Quo”: Women’s Aid Voices from the Edge, 1973 – 1980’

Smina Akhtar, Director of AMINA, The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, ‘What Islam says about Violence Against Women’

‘What Islam says about Violence against Women’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QwR_cxPqqE

Their Voices

Chair: Rosemary Elliot

Andrea Thomson, University of Glasgow, ‘Hearing ‘Silent’ History: Learning from women’s accounts of domestic abuse in late twentieth-century Scotland’

Nel Whiting, Learning and Development Coordinator at Scottish Women’s Aid, ‘Future Directions’


Sandra White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin

Chair: Annmarie Hughes

Ms White serves on a range of Cross-Party-Groups in the Scottish Parliament, reflecting her keen interest in social justice matters; these include the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party-Group on Men’s Violence Against Women and Children.

The organisation of this event was made possible through the support of the Centre for Gender History, the Royal Historical Society and the Economic History Society.

Economic History Society Royal Historical Society