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Multi-agency VAWG training sessions for the current quarter.

Domestic Violence: Risk Assessment, MARAC, Safety Planning and Support:


A 3 hour session – after the session professionals will be able to:

  • Have an increased understanding of what Domestic Violence is
  • Recognise the signs of Domestic Violence
  • Understand some of the barriers, how to 'ask the question' and deal with a disclosure
  • Use the DASH risk checklist to identify a victim's level of risk
  • Understand MARAC and how the process works
  • Be able to refer a victim to specialist Domestic Violence services

Coercive Control and Domestic Abuse:


A 3 hour session designed to increase professionals' awareness of the prevalence of coercive control and central role it plays in Domestic Violence. The learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Understand 'what is coercive control' and how the concept was developed
  • Explore the myths and stereotypes regarding Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Gain an understanding around victim blaming
  • Understand coercive control/DA within a context of power and control
  • Understand the law, criminal justice system and policing practice in relation to coercive control
  • Understand how to access support services for victims/survivors
  • Explore how professionals should respond to a victim of coercive control

Female Genital Mutilation: Awareness Raising:


A 2 hour session designed to increase professionals' awareness of the practice of FGM. The learning outcomes are as follows:

  • To increase the knowledge, awareness and understanding of the practice of FGM among specific UK affected communities
  • To strengthen cultural competency skills and multi-agency cooperation and working in relation to safeguarding girls at risk
  • To improve knowledge of support services and access for women and girls affected by the practice

Forced Marriage & Honour Based Violence:


A 3 hour session designed to increase professionals' awareness of forced marriage and honour based violence and abuse. After attending the session professionals will be able to:

  • Define honour based violence and abuse
  • Distinguish features between a forced and arranged marriage
  • Identify some of the key warning signs and indicators of forced marriage
  • Highlight some of the elements necessary to support someone experiencing honour based violence or forced marriage
  • Identify the key legal position of the Forced Marriage Act 2007
  • Understand the role of other agencies work in the field and learn about other sources of help

Rape and Sexual Violence:


A 3 hour session – after the session professionals will be able to:

  • Have knowledge of the prevalence of rape and sexual violence
  • Understand the myths and attitudes that affect how rape is dealt with
  • Understand the law in relation to rape and sexual violence
  • Recognise some of the effects of being a victim of rape
  • Learn what services/care pathways are available for victims of rape and sexual violence

Supporting Male Victims: Assessing who is doing what to whom:


A 3 hour session covering the following:

  • Exploring masculinity as a social construct and the implication for male victims
  • Male victims' experiences
  • The differences between abusive/unhealthy/healthy relationships
  • Tools to explore who is doing what to whom: Respect Toolkit
  • Exploring LGBT experiences of Domestic Abuse
  • Case Studies

UK Modern Slavery Awareness:


A 2.5 hour session covering the following:

  • Raising awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking
  • Gain an understanding of role and responsibilities in tackling modern slavery
  • Understand how you can contribute to fighting modern slavery in the UK
  • Understand what support is available for modern slavery victims

Black Country Women's Aid & WDVF Stalking and Coercive Control:


A 4 hour session covering the following:

  • The impact of stalking and the people who experience them
  • Links between coercive control and stalking
  • Explore the use of specialist risk assessments
  • Local specialist support available

Lauren Marie Grindley

Violence Against Women and Girls Trainer

Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum

Tel. Office: 01902 550125

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