As far as I know with my old version of Cubase, I can't do this. But I will be investigating. In older projects, I've done this by selecting the word and permanently lowered the wav by xdB. I thought the automated fader would save me doing this, and be less destructive.
.. yes, this is the sort of thing I need to do in a few parts.
And as for levels before EQ, I think I have no choice, since the levels are really out of whack.