Overcoming Barriers and Building Bridges: helping women from Eastern Europe to access the support that will help them live free from domestic abuse.
Welcome to the Conference
In 2014 Ross-shire Women’s Aid received funding from the Big Lottery to deliver the project ‘Reducing the risk of homelessness amongst Eastern European Women’ across a large area of the Highlands: Ross-shire, Lochaber and Caithness and Sutherland. The project is a partnership of the three Highland based Women’s Aid organisations serving those areas.
The project aims to raise awareness amongst the Eastern European community about domestic abuse and the support services available; also to enable women from this community to be better supported to sustain tenancies and cope with the consequent practical and emotional issues of being affected by domestic abuse. The project recognises that it is not only the language barrier that prevents this client group from looking for help and accessing local services, but also the cultural differences in addressing domestic abuse. In order to overcome these barriers, the project delivers a culturally sensitive support service through Women’s support workers with additional language skills.
Four years on, we are pleased to have this opportunity to work with colleagues from organisations across Scotland; to share experiences, raise issues and find ways of building the bridges that will help the women live free from domestic abuse.
We are delighted to welcome speakers from Child Poverty Action Group, Durham University, NHS Highland and Respekt who will be giving presentations and running workshops.
From all at Ross-shire Women’s Aid