1 What to familiarise yourself with
If you are likely to come into contact with victims of domestic abuse through your work, first make sure you are familiar with:
- local procedures around the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
- the DASH Risk Indicator Checklist.
Then, read on for details of training and guidelines offered by others for frontline workers.
2 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Domestic violence and abuse is a complex issue that needs sensitive handling by a range of health and social care professionals. The cost, in both human and economic terms, is so significant that even marginally effective interventions are cost effective. Women and men can experience this type of violence in heterosexual and same-sex relationships.
Working in a multi-agency partnership is the most effective way to approach the issue at both an operational and strategic level. Initial and ongoing training and organisational support is also needed.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommendations cover the broad spectrum of domestic violence and abuse.
- violence perpetrated on men
- those in same-sex relationships
- those on young people.
Who it's for
The guidance is for:
- health and social care commissioners
- specialist domestic violence and abuse staff
- others whose work may bring them into contact with people who experience or perpetrate domestic violence and abuse.
It may also interest members of the public.
3 Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA)
Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) is a national charity supporting a strong multi-agency response to domestic abuse. Its work focuses on saving lives - and public money - and its website provides guidance and how to contact your local MARAC Co-Ordinator and representatives.
It can also provide practical help to support professionals and organisations working with domestic abuse victims. The aim is to protect the highest risk victims and their children, who are those at risk of murder or serious harm.
Respect offers advice to frontline workers about working with domestic violence perpetrators alongside its confidential helpline for perpetrators.
5 Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) website has a section dedicated to domestic violence:
- guidelines on commissioning and responding to domestic abuse
- a free online course called ‘Violence against Women and Children’ aimed at primary healthcare professionals.
6 Safer Arun Partnership
Safer Arun Partnership works together with communities in the Arun area to drive down crime and build a place where people feel safer.
It can offer:
- help to sort out a problem
- funding for community projects from time to time.
7 Women's Aid
Whether you work with survivors, deliver a service, or are an employer wanting to support your staff, the Women's Aid National Training Centre offers expertise to equip you with the tools to understand and respond effectively to domestic violence.
Worth Institute of Training (WIT) sits in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit, which is based in the Safeguarding Unit of West Sussex County Council.
It offers first-class training on all issues about domestic abuse. All courses are:
- developed and informed by frontline practitioners in the relevant field
- delivered by a subject expert and a WORTH Services Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA).
The courses it currently offers are all 1-day and free of charge:
Please contact the training course administrator to book a place:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org