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Domestic Violence and Abuse - Trusted Professionals (DAPS Level 3) *

Course details

Aim: To assist professionals to build trusting relationships with survivors of domestic abuse by increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence to enable them to fulfil the role of a trusted professional.

Dates: Thursday 25 April 2024, Thursday 23 May 2024, Thursday 20 June 2024, Thursday 11 July 2024

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Venue: Kingsmeadow Learning Hub

Facilitators: Multi Agency facilitators

Booking: Contact angeladodd@gateshead.gov.uk

Learning outcomes

Module 1: Gender, power and domestic abuse

  • Understand DA as a gendered, societal, global issue, framed within the Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) agenda
  • Understand how social disadvantage and discrimination impacts on the experience of DA
  • Explore the concept of power in relation to working in the field of DA
  • Understand how the systems in which we work can generate risk towards survivors and their children
  • Reflect on their own attitudes, beliefs and practice relating to DA

Module 2: Focus on perpetrators and children living with domestic abuse

  • To increase awareness and understanding of the nature and impact of DA on children
  • To increase awareness and understanding of perpetrators' behaviour and how they seek to extend their coercive and controlling behaviours over interventions by professionals and agencies
  • To increase awareness of the potential negative effects on themselves of working in the field of DA
  • To provide professionals with the opportunity to reflect on their attitudes, beliefs and practice and enable them to fulfil the role of a trusted professional

Module 3: Becoming a trusted professional

  • Place the survivor at the heart of their response
  • Establish a trusting relationship with the survivor
  • Recognise and utilise opportunities for early intervention
  • Create safe spaces for action for survivors
  • Help survivors identify and use their own resources and exercise their rights
  • Ask survivors what they need in the here and now

Suitable for

  • Bournemouth University Framework: People identified in Group B1 - D
  • Intercollegiate Framework level 3-5

This course will be suitable for anyone who comes into contact with victims of domestic violence and abuse, perpetrators and / or children living in families where domestic violence and abuse is occurring and who have significant, regular contact with victims and / or perpetrators and who might be expected, with training, to identify and respond to their initial support needs rather than immediately signpost or refer them to a specialist domestic violence and abuse service.

To attend this course, applicants must have previously attended a level 1 DVA awareness training course. You must have also previously attended a level 2 Domestic Violence and Abuse Ask and Act training course.

This course has been developed in collaboration with:

  • DAPS multi-agency steering group
  • Level 3 task and finish group
  • Local survivors
  • Women's Aid Federation of England
  • Respect

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