Gender Based Violence research network annual conference


Why Gender Still Matters

Thursday 29 August, Edinburgh

McDonald Rooms Conference Centre, Hanover Scotland Housing Association
95 McDonald Road, Edinburgh EH7 4NS

Delegate fee £60
There are a limited number of subsidised places at £25. To apply please contact Laura Marshall


This one day event brings together academics, practitioners and policymakers to consider the continuing importance of gender in our understanding of domestic abuse.


  • Launch of GBV network briefing ‘Domestic Abuse and Gender Inequality: an overview of the current debate’
  • Plenary from Professor Evan Stark, activist, expert in health and legal aspects of domestic abuse and author of ‘Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life’

Speakers from police, voluntary sector, government and research.


9.00 Registration
9.30 Introduction and Welcome
Sarah Morton, Co-Director, CRFR
9.45 Launch of the briefing ‘Domestic Abuse and Gender Inequality: An overview of the currrent debate’
10.00 Ministerial Address, Shona Robison, Minister with responsibility for Equalities
10.15 Keynote speaker: Professor Evan Stark
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Panel Session 1: How the gender based definition of domestic abuse informs our practice
Chair: Sarah Morton
– Bob Hamilton (Police Scotland)
– Mhairi McGowan (ASSIST)
– Nel Whiting (Scottish Women’s Aid)
– Heather McVey, YouthLink
Questions for panel speakers
12.45 Networking lunch 
1.30 Panel Session 2: Bringing gender in – research, policy and practice
Chair: Oona Brooks, University of Glasgow
– Nancy Lombard, Glasgow Caledonian University
– Jenny Kemp, Zero Tolerance
– Talat Yaqoob, White Ribbon Scotland
– Susan Batchelor, University of Glasgow
2.45 Coffee
3.15 Breakout session: How do we use gender in our own work and what are the gaps?
4.00 What next for gendered approaches to violence
4.30 Informal drinks
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