Course Profile

Course Profile: Domestic Abuse (1 Day)
This difficult subject is presented in a safe and supportive environment with clear guidelines and an understanding that statistically one in four women and one in six men will have experienced domestic abuse at some point in their lives. There is a high possibility that in most groups at least one participant will find the course highly challenging from a personal perspective.  The course is facilitated with this awareness in mind whilst making it explicit that the focus of the course is developing awareness and best practice as professionals. This course aims to clarify the confusing questions arising from working with Domestic Abuse. Participants will be introduced to various methods of dealing with the people involved in abusive relationships.
The course is informed by the Domestic Crime and Victims Act 2004 and information from Women’s Aid, Respect, the National Centre for Domestic Violence, Rights of Momen and Mankind and a range of academic resources. It is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards. It is underpinned by the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013)
The course provides some knowledge for
QCF: HSC024; 036; 3028; 3033
NHS KSF: HWB1.2: HWB3.2; HWB7.2
The Care Certificate: Standards 1.1d; 1.3a, b; 1.4; 3.4,5; 6.4; 10.1,3
The course is designed for Health, Support and Social Workers in a variety of settings and with a range of service user groups.
Courses can be tailored to specific requirements and may include Risk Assessment.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is meant by ‘Domestic Abuse’
  • The range of people who may be perpetrators and survivors
  • The extent of the problem as shown by current research
  • Commonly held myths that surround Domestic Abuse
  • That Domestic Abuse is maintained within a system of power and control as defined by Duluth
  • What is meant by ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ relationships
  • Why survivors stay in abusive relationships including: fear, economic dependency, belief that the abuser will change, isolation, social and cultural reasons, religion, children and failure of the system to meet needs
  • The impact of Domestic Abuse on children and what children need
  • Diversity issues within Domestic Abuse and specific practice issues
  • How the law aims to support survivors of domestic abuse.*
  • Issues of power in relation to Domestic Abuse and how to adopt a survivor focused response
  • How to spot signs of Domestic Abuse and appropriate responses
  • Best practice when working with survivors including: safety, dignity, support, diversity and access, empowerment, participation and a multi-agency responses
  • Resources available nationally and locally for survivors and perpetrators*
  • Domestic Abuse as a political issue and how this impacts on services offered
  • The impact of working with Domestic Abuse on workers - identifying models of Good Practice including: professional boundaries, effective Supervision, peer and professional support
* Trainers are aware of the current climate of change in respect of these areas and endeavor to present the most relevant information
Training methods utilised include: PowerPoint, Active learning, Group work – small and large, Feedback, Tutor presentation, Handouts

The course will use resonant case scenarios to illustrate the complexity of relationships involved.  Delegates will be invited to participate.