Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

We'll help you find the words to ASC

Because the people affected by domestic abuse are our patients, our clients, our colleagues and our friends.

Who are we?

ASC is a Medics Against Violence and VRU partnership programme supported by the Scottish Government.

Ask Support Care

ASC is a training programme aimed at anyone who may encounter those affected by domestic abuse in the course of their day-to-day job. From doctors and dentists to vets, firefighters and hairdressers we can help you spot the signs of domestic abuse, ask the right questions and ensure those affected get the support they need. We can all ASC.

Our training

ASC is a day long course. We use a train the trainer approach so employees can go back to their workplace and pass on the key skills they’ve learned to others. You don’t need prior training or experience of working with domestic abuse to become an ASC trainer.

Our resources

Our training uses a mixture of presentations, group work exercises and our own films. On completion of training you will be able to download all of our resources for use in your own training sessions. We can also provide ongoing support for your own training.

Niven Rennie


Telephone: 01786 896785          Email:

Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.