Training and Events

In light of the COVID-19 lockdown, we are currently able to offer a number of training sessions online via Zoom. 

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance”  
Derek Bok

Frontline staff in local services often find themselves confronting domestic abuse on a daily basis but are uncertain about how to respond safely and connect survivors to the support they need.

Our research has shown that most gaps in the working practices of agencies can be easily addressed through effective training. Plus, staff who are confident identifying and enquiring about domestic abuse make earlier intervention possible, reducing the risk of serious injury to the survivor and saving significant costs to services.

We want all staff to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond effectively and safely to domestic abuse. We understand your needs whether you are working with survivors, perpetrators or children in a frontline practitioner, team manager or strategic leadership role.

Understanding the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse (two 3 hour blocks over two days)

We know that working with cases of domestic abuse can be challenging, confusing and complex.

This foundation course will introduce you to practical tools to help you recognise, understand and discuss relationships with an abuser.  A great space to explore and reflect on your practice.

Structure of this training:

This training will take place over 2 webinars.

Session 1 – 02/07/2020, 10:00 – 13:00

Session 2 – 03/07/2020, 10:00 – 13:00
No prior training required.

To book onto this training, please click here.

Equipment required:
Participants require the use of a computer, headphones and a microphone to complete this training.

A zoom link for each session will be sent to participants a few days prior to each session.

“Interactive & informative”

“I found domestic abuse very depressing and complicated but this has given me a clear point of view to engage survivors”.

Domestic Abuse: Mental Health, Trauma and Self-Care (two 3 hour blocks over two days)

We know that experiencing domestic abuse is traumatic for many survivors and this can impact how they interact with services. This course explores the links between mental health issues, trauma and domestic abuse including ways that services can be better equipped to work effectively with survivors through trauma-informed approaches. It is specifically designed for people who have attended domestic abuse foundation training within the last two years.

Structure of this training:

This training will take place over 2 webinars.

Session 1 – 27/07/2020, 10:00 – 13:00

Session 2 – 29/07/2020, 10:00 – 13:00

Equipment required:
Participants require the use of a computer, headphones and a microphone to complete this training.

A zoom link for each session will be sent to participants a few days prior to each session.

"Thank you for an interesting well-presented course which enabled me to feel involved and engaged with the subject"

"I will definitely consider how trauma might be impacting the clients that I work with as well as influencing my practice as a supervisor for front-line health professionals"

To book onto this training, please click here.

Responding to domestic abuse for health practitioners (two 3 hour blocks over two days)

Domestic abuse is a health issue. Within the wider Coordinated Community Response to domestic abuse, health professionals play a pivotal role, in improving the safety and wellbeing of survivors and their children and holding perpetrators to account for their actions.

This training is aimed at any health professional (clinical and non-clinical) who wants to improve their skills and confidence in recognising and responding to domestic abuse.

Following the completion of this training, participants will gain an understanding of:

The role of a health professional in responding to domestic abuse
The impacts of domestic abuse on a person’s physical and mental health
The definition and dynamics of domestic abuse, including tactics of coercive control
The barriers a survivor may face in accessing appropriate support for domestic abuse
How to identify domestic abuse and how indicators may vary within different health settings
How to safely an appropriately enquire about domestic abuse
How to assess risk using professional judgement
Basic safety planning information and action
Appropriate referrals to specialist support services including IDVA and MARAC referrals

This training does not cover:

Responding to perpetrators of domestic abuse
Training in the Domestic Abuse Stalking and ‘Honour’ Based Violence Risk Identification Checklist (DASH RIC)
Supporting under 16s in relation to domestic abuse

Structure of this training:

This training will take place over 2 webinars, with assigned work to complete following session 1.

Session 1 – 29/06/2020, 10:00 – 13:00

Session 2 – 01/07/2020, 10:00 – 13:00
No prior training is required

To book onto this training, please click here.

Equipment required:
Participants require the use of a computer, headphones and a microphone to complete this training.

A zoom link for each session will be sent to participants a few days prior to each session.

"I think it is wonderful that sessions being online were so captivating, a whole day and a half engaging the whole class is testament to that!"

"Really well organised sessions - this is how distance learning is done!!!     Thanks so much!"

Coercive Control (2 hours)

Details TBA

Skills and Tools to Support Survivors of Domestic Abuse 

We know that asking about  and assessing abuse in relationships can be difficult.  We know that mobilising resources for safety can be frustrating.  This one day course equips you to understand and assess risk and mobilise a multi-agency response to increase safety in domestic abuse cases.

“Interactive & reflective”

“Our trainer was a wealth of knowledge, advice & support”

Bespoke courses

We can help you optimise your organisation’s response to domestic abuse with a bespoke training programme at an affordable price. 

Themes may include:

  • Understanding Domestic Abuse
  • Skills & Tools to Support Survivors
  • Domestic Homicide Reviews: Processes & Findings
  • Abuse in Young People's Relationships
  • Operational & Strategic Partnerships: Coordinated Community Response in Action
  • Addressing Domestic Violence for your Employees
  • Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance: Housing Standards for Domestic Abuse
  • Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC)
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Violence
  • Interfamilial Violence
  • Routine Enquiry in Health Settings
  • Specialist Domestic Violence Courts

Our courses are designed and delivered by professional trainers who all have specialist experience working within the domestic abuse field.

Feedback from former attendees:

“Excellent, I learnt a lot”

“I will now feel more confident with giving advice to someone reporting domestic violence”

“I am more aware of referral agencies and assessment tools”

“I’m much better informed about where to refer survivors to”

“Now I know what questions to ask”

Training is highly interactive and wherever possible, training includes specific input from partner agencies and/or an experienced member of the organisation being trained.

For more information please contact us.