Crossroads Trust OCN Level 3 Accredited: Domestic Violence Awareness Training

Saturday 17 January 2015

What an excellent training day this proved to be. I was so pleased I had the opportunity to attend and improve my knowledge and understanding of such a sensitive issue. An issue, which often affects many of our clients as well as our volunteers. It soon became evident that all those individuals who attended the day had personal experience of domestic abuse or knew of an individual close to them who had or was still experiencing domestic abuse. It could have been a very emotional day but the facilitators Beverley Gilbert and Ruth Jones expertly kept everybody safe by allowing discussion and time outs if required.

The day covered what domestic abuse is and we explored definitions. We looked at whom it affected and the devastating impact abuse can have on individuals. The recovery process is often slow and may take years for an individual to recover if ever. We looked at ways of how to help individuals or even our own colleagues who may raise domestic abuse issues. The list of agencies to signpost to was particularly helpful. It really surprised me just how much abuse goes on behind closed doors and how little it is reported. And when it is reported to the Police it may take many reports before action is considered. Shameful. This is why as mentors we can be invaluable by helping mentees who may be victims of domestic abuse to help keep them and their families safe.

This training day really provided an overview of the issues and hopefully there will be more to look at specific aspects of domestic abuse. Then there is the added bonus of an accredited certificate for taking part. Great news and as a special needs coordinator in my day job this will provide evidence of continued professional development.

Well-done Crossroads for a great training day. I felt privileged to be trained by Ruth Jones, Director from the National Centre for the Study of Prevention of Violence and Abuse. Ruth has been instrumental in writing the new law for managing psychological domestic abuse. Also a big thank you to Beverley who is an expert domestic violence risk assessor for coordinating and facilitating this excellent day.

Libby Beesley

Volunteer

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