40th Anniversary Events and Activities
Established in 1983, the Women’s Support Project (WSP) has been in the forefront of raising awareness of the cause, extent and impacts of male violence against women, and of the links between different forms of male violence. We work in partnership with a wide range of individuals and organisations to build capacity for responding.
Based in Glasgow and working across Scotland, WSP has experience of direct service provision, delivering training and public education, partnership and strategic work and engaging and consulting with women affected by male violence. Our methodology is one where regular contact with women through individual support, and engagement work, and strong relationships with other agencies, is drawn upon as the basis of training, public education programmes, and policy development at national and local level.
'A Thousand Girls Like Me'
Screen debate, in conjunction with Glasgow Film Theatre
To mark September as ‘Month of Action’ to raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse, we are screening the acclaimed film ‘A Thousand Girls Like Me’. This vérité documentary follows the story of Khatera, a 23-year-old Afghan woman who confronts her family and the traditions of her country to seek justice after enduring years of sexual violence from her father. Described as ‘awe-inspiring’ and ‘extraordinary’, the film is ultimately a story of bravery, love, hope, and resilience. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
Glasgow Film Theatre, Rose Street, G3 6RB
Wednesday 27th September 2023 at 5.45pm
Tickets: £6.50, available from GFT Box Office
"Women Protection is the Best Form of Child Protection"
Do the criminal and civil court systems support or hinder women to mother through domestic abuse?
This event is dedicated to the memory of Janette de Haan. Janette was a key figure in work to establish the first domestic abuse court service in Scotland and was a passionate advocate for women and children affected by male violence. Janette died in 2012 and is much missed.
Claire Houghton, Lecturer in Social Policy and Qualitative Research at the University of Edinburgh, will present findings of research on victims’ and witnesses’ experiences of court (including children and young people) since the introduction of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 in April 2019.
Michele Burman, Professor of Criminology at the University of Glasgow, will highlight findings from research which examined the relationship between civil and criminal law in the context of child contact proceedings which raise issues of domestic abuse.
Fiona McMullen, ASSIST Operations Manager, will present a case study to highlight the need and value of support for women and children throughout the court processes.
Mhairi McGowan will provide a summary of the discussions, highlighting key principles and priorities. Mhairi has extensive experience of work on domestic abuse, across service provision, training, policy, and strategy.
If you would like to apply for a place, please click the below link and complete the form. We will then get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if you have secured a space.
Tuesday 21st November 2023
1.30pm – 4.45pm
Trades Hall, 85 Glassford St, Glasgow G1 1UH
We are developing a visual timeline to capture the history and development of work on commercial sexual exploitation in Scotland. We want to note the key milestones, meetings, reports, events, resources, and services as well as memories and recollections.
We carried out a scoping exercise to track developments and invited key people to contribute through workshops and online tools. A huge amount of material has been gathered and a local artist commissioned to develop a graphic recording to highlight key aspects of the journey.
The piece will be exhibited in the Scottish Parliament in early November and at the seminar on 21st November, and there will be other opportunities to see it in the coming year.
An online digital version is also being developed through a collaboration with Strathclyde University and will be available from early 2024.
An Oral History of the Women’s Support Project
We are working on a project to capture key aspects and impacts of our work, by collecting short audio-recordings from key individuals and colleagues.
We are particularly interested in whether and how WSP has improved people’s understanding of, and response to, male violence, and their views on the main impact/s of WSP work more broadly.
If you are a survivor of violence or abuse who has previously received support from WSP, and you are interested in contributing comments or a recording, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch this space for launch of the oral histories.
WSP 40th Party: A date for your diary!
Celebrate with us on International Women’s Day 2024. Friends, fun and feminism along with music and drink – you know you don’t want to miss it so get the date in your diary! Watch this space and we’ll let you know when tickets are on sale.
Friday 15th March 2024
Civic House, Glasgow