An introduction to domestic abuse, for professionals working in a range of homelessness settings. By using case studies and drawing on the lived experience of service users, the course will explore the complexities of identifying and responding to domestic abuse in these settings, where service users are likely to be experiencing multiple disadvantages.
What will you learn?
Module 1: What is domestic abuse?
Coercive control and how to spot it in homelessness settings
The dynamics of perpetration: how perpetrators perpetrate
Who is doing what to who?
Module 2: Recognising barriers, and challenging assumptions around domestic abuse.
The impact of domestic abuse
The interplay between domestic abuse and other forms of disadvantage
Barriers to getting help
Module 3: What can I do to help? Responding to domestic abuse.
Asking clients about abuse
Assessing risk and safety planning
Report and refer: the role of MARAC, specialist services etc.
Delegates will already have many of the basic skills needed to respond to domestic abuse. This course will build on those existing skills, increasing delegates’ confidence to respond, and providing them with practical tips and tools that they can use in their everyday working practice.
Delegates will learn:
The definitions of domestic abuse and coercive control and how to identify these in your service
How domestic abuse interacts with other forms of disadvantage, and how this creates barriers to disclosure and support
How to feel more confident working out who is doing what to whom, and have better awareness of perpetrators in your services
How to feel more confident talking with survivors about abuse, identifying risk and taking action e.g. referring on, safety planning etc.
Please note: due to the sensitive nature of this training course, delegates may feel anxious or upset by some of the course content. There is no requirement to share personal experiences on this course.