Hafan Cymru and SafeLives awarded Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence training contract

Hafan Cymru* and SafeLives are delighted to announce they have been jointly commissioned by the Welsh government to deliver a range of domestic abuse and gender-based violence training.

Each year over two million people in the UK experience domestic abuse. In Wales alone, the number of cases where victims of domestic abuse are at high risk and in imminent danger of serious harm or murder has been increasing by 10% year on year.

The Welsh government has commissioned a range of accredited training to upskill and educate professionals so that they can identify victims of domestic abuse and gender-based violence more quickly; provide responsive, person-centred support that will meet the needs of victims and their families; and tackle the behaviour of perpetrators.

The Hafan Cymru and SafeLives partnership will deliver three training programmes, including the widely respected accredited training for independent domestic violence advisors (Idva), who play a vital role in supporting victims and their families; and accredited training for managers who deliver frontline gender-based services.

The partnership will also be developing and delivering a new modular training programme for multi-agency professionals covering topics that include the effects of domestic abuse on children and young people (DACYP), male victims, LGBT+ victims, stalking, and street harassment.

Survivors of domestic abuse, experts by experience, will be involved in creating training resources, and the partnership will work with other services to bring in additional expertise.

In total, the training aims to reach a total of 2500 learners.

* Hafan Cymru recently transitioned into Stori, learn more below

We are pleased that the Welsh government is continuing to invest in tackling domestic abuse, and we are delighted to be working with Hafan Cymru in Wales again, to deliver this training that will make a real difference to the outcomes and experience of victims of domestic abuse and their families.

No one should have to reach crisis point before we pay attention. Every single person at risk of abuse needs an effective, empathetic response that is tailored to their particular circumstances and helps them become safe and well in the long-term, in a way that is right for them.

We know that Idvas and domestic abuse services go above and beyond every single day. Our latest Idva Insights national dataset showed that risk was reduced for nearly three quarters of clients following support from an Idva. That’s life changing, crucial support. But we know that Idvas and domestic abuse services remain over-worked and under-funded. This training is so important and we’re really looking forward to working with Hafan Cymru and partners on the delivery.

We are also excited to be working with Hafan Cymru on designing a new course that will provide detailed learning on a range of topics, expanding professionals’ understanding of how domestic abuse affects different groups. This will ensure provision of more tailored, person-centred support that truly meets people’s needs.

Suzanne Jacob OBE, Chief Executive of SafeLives

About Stori (previously Hafan Cymru)

In 2023, Hafan Cymru transitioned into Stori. They began as Hafan Cymru more than thirty years ago, to help people living in fear of domestic abuse. Today, they here for anyone in a situation that makes it hard to live safely at home. That could be due to mental health problems, substance misuse, domestic violence or other challenges. They provide the space, support and skills for those times when people are ready to build themselves a brighter, safer future.

You can learn more about their services and impact in Wales on their website.


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