Understanding The Dynamics of Domestic abuse

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Explore the complexities of domestic abuse and how it impacts on wellbeing and learn to recognise, respond and intervene to support victims in the workplace

Course Context

Domestic abuse is any type of behaviour which is controlling, bullying, coercive, threatening or violent between people who are, or who have been, in a relationship. It can refer to just one incident of abuse or a pattern of abusive behaviour and can occur at any time in a relationship – even after a separation.

Figures from the Equality and Human Rights Commission show that 75% of employees experiencing domestic abuse are targeted at work - from harassing phone calls/texts, abusive partners arriving at their workplace unannounced, to physical assault. Domestic abuse currently costs UK businesses over £2.7 billion a year. 

Domestic abuse is a crime and can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse (source: the metropolitan police):

  • physical
  • emotional
  • psychological
  • sexual
  • financial

This abuse can happen to anyone regardless of gender, age, religion, sexuality, disability or ethnicity.

Training in the dynamics of domestic abuse builds awareness of the complexities of abusive behaviour and enables participants to spot the signs that someone may be a victim. Participants will learn how to how to respond and intervene appropriately to support victims and help prevent repeated abuse.

This training is delivered by a facilitator, with years of experience in domestic abuse policy development and training delivery,  who will create a supportive classroom environment where participants feel safe to discuss the dynamics of abusive behaviour.

Training Delivery

The duration of a training course on domestic abuse is flexible and will depend on the topics covered. For example, our Trainer can deliver 90 minute, half-day and full-day sessions, either face-to-face or through live, virtual sessions.

Please contact us for more information and availability. 

Who Is It For?

This course is suitable for anyone and can be tailored to focus on the objectives of managers, colleagues, frontline staff or practitioners in Health, Social Care, Police, Education and the voluntary sector.

Course Options

The course content is flexible and can be tailored to focus on any aspect of domestic abuse. For example, the training can focus on domestic abuse in relation to:

  • Impact on Children
  • Economic Financial Abuse
  • Coercive & Controlling Behaviour
  • Specifically male victims of Domestic Abuse
  • Substance Misuse/Addiction
  • Impact on different cultures/communities to include Honour Based Abuse/Forced Marriage
  • The Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Harassment and Honour Based Abuse (DASH) Risk Assessment
  • The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) process

Consultancy to understand the dynamics of domestic abuse is also an option either as a standalone service or in conjunction with training.

Examples of Course Content

Here is a selection of course objectives which can be customised to meet your training priorities. This is not an exhaustive list and our expert Trainer can adapt the training content to cover any aspect of domestic abuse:

  • Explore the complexities and dynamics of abusive relationships
  • Challenge common myths, stereotypes and social tolerance of the different forms of domestic abuse
  • Consider the impact of abuse on victims and their families
  • Examine the cycle of abuse, a ‘victim’s journey’ and the reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships
  • Acknowledge gains and losses of leaving a relationship
  • Help spot the signs that someone may be at risk of domestic abuse
  • Build confidence to ask the right questions and encourage open and honest conversations in a place of safety
  • Explore practical issues and cultural sensitivity/community beliefs to enable effective support of victims in responding to the threat, harm and risk of abuse
  • Identify realistic actions to support victims and protect them from harm

Delegates can examine:

  • Clare’s Law / Domestic Violence Protection Orders
  • New legislation “Coercive & Controlling Behaviour”
  • The Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Harassment and Honour Based Abuse (DASH) Risk Assessment – feeling comfortable asking the questions
  • The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) process
  • Real Survivor Stories

Testimonials for the Domestic Abuse Training

"Excellent; inspirational trainer who instilled passion and drive into us; clearly spoken and clarity of each topic within the course; BEST TRAINING I'VE HAD."

"So inspiring! I feel refreshed with what to look out for and do. Helpful, practical steps –made a very emotional subject easier to think about with relaxed presenting style."

"Most useful training I've been on in years. I feel so hopeful and even more ready to go the extra mile and ask the questions - thank you."

"Excellent training, combining practical exercise and discussion – thought provoking and informative."

"Thoughtful, insightful, emotive training delivered with empathy, understanding."

"Inspirational facilitator delivering the most powerful training and message I have ever had the honour to attend / meet - thank you."

"What a brilliant course that has taught me so much. You are a truly inspirational trainer - I have so much more hope for other victims now that we can help them."

"Absolutely brilliant training - very well delivered, dynamic and enjoyable. I will go back and tell my colleagues to attend."

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We are always happy to talk about our courses and help you to work out the best match for your requirements.


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