Domestic abuse

Training for professionals

  • Based on research evidence
  • Practitioner led
  • Victim informed

Evidence based CPD training courses designed to raise awareness and safeguard victims and those at risk of domestic abuse. The following courses are available for delivery on-site, at our training rooms UK-wide, via online workshop (10-20 people), or as distance e-Learning packages that can be sent to your staff. All training comes with a certificate of completion.

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Domestic violence awareness training

Domestic abuse awareness

This inclusive course explains the term domestic abuse, explores the various forms this type of abuse takes, prevalence, risk factors, and the impact on victims, their families, the workplace and wider society.

Course length: Half day (workshop) or 2 hours (online workshop or distance e-Learning)

Learning outcomes. This course will enable you to:

  • Describe what is meant by the term ‘domestic abuse’
  • Be aware of the impact of abuse and violence on victims
  • Explain the prevalence of abuse in the UK
  • Identify key risk factors in victim and perpetrator populations
  • Demonstrate cultural competency

Who should take this course?

  • Domestic violence specialists
  • Emergency service personnel
  • Legal professionals
  • Educators, trainers and students
  • Safeguarding professionals, including; social services, student services, refuge staff and community outreach workers
University staff domestic violence training

Domestic abuse training for university staff

Over 185,000* UK university staff and students experience domestic abuse every year. Broken down, that’s 162,073 students and 23,760 members of staff.

Given the general high prevalence of domestic abuse reports across the UK, it may be easy to assume that universities simply reflect this wider societal trend. However, the Crime Survey for England and Wales reports that, in occupational terms, full-time female students are the most at-risk group, with 11% suffering abuse in the year ending March 2020. Almost 5% of male students and 5.4% of staff also experienced abuse in the same period.  

Despite these troubling statistics, and the devastating consequences for staff and students, research by HARM network and onEvidence (funded by Research England) found that few UK universities offer staff training or guidance on this topic.

This is the first and, to date, only domestic abuse training course specifically designed for university staff, to enable them to respond sensitively and effectively to disclosures of abuse, and to safeguard at-risk colleagues and students in an inclusive and culturally competent way.  

This course explains the term domestic abuse and explores the various forms this may take, including ‘honour’ abuse and forced marriage. We identify best practice in terms of responding to disclosure. We also look at prevalence, risk factors, barriers to disclosure, and the impact on victims, their families, and the university.

* HARM network (2021)

Course length: Half day (workshop) or 2 hours (online workshop or distance e-Learning)

Learning outcomes. This course will enable you to:

  • Describe what is meant by the term ‘domestic abuse’
  • Be aware of the impact of abuse and violence on victims
  • Feel confident about your ability to respond to disclosure
  • Explain the prevalence of abuse in UK universities
  • Identify key risk factors in victim and perpetrator populations
  • Demonstrate awareness of local and national support agencies

Who should take this course?

  • University HR and management
  • Academics and support staff
  • Student services, representatives and support groups
  • Teaching and student unions
  • Safeguarding professionals
Remote workers domestic violence and abuse training for employers

Domestic abuse and remote workers

The upward trend of remote working, especially in a post-pandemic world, is likely to continue apace. The surge in reported cases of domestic violence during the COVID-19 lock-down restrictions of 2020 highlights the need for more robust safeguarding measures to protect employees who work from home. This course helps employers to support remote staff who might be suffering or at risk of domestic violence or abuse.

Course length: Half day (workshop) or 2 hours (online workshop or distance e-Learning)

Learning outcomes. This course will enable you to:

  • Identify organisational challenges to safeguarding remote workers
  • Define the types and indicators of violence and abuse
  • Complete appropriate basic needs assessment
  • Respond sensitively to employee concerns
  • Advise employees of available support
  • Decide when to report your concerns to the police

Who should take this course?

  • Employers – public, private and 3rd sector
  • Human resources professionals
  • Workplace champions
  • Educators, trainers and students
  • Safeguarding professionals, including; social services, student services, refuge staff and community outreach workers


Resources

Am I experiencing domestic abuse?

Is someone you know experiencing domestic abuse? (Incl. ‘honour’ abuse)

Professional memberships and accredited organisations