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For professionals in Wales

SafeLives are pleased to be able to offer Wales-based practitioners fully-funded spaces on specially commissioned training courses for VAWDASV practitioners. These courses are offered as part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to the ongoing implementation of the National Training Framework for Wales on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Supporting LGBT+ Survivors: one day courses - now taking applications

Our Spotlight work – carried out in partnership with Galop and Stonewall – shows that LGBT+ survivors of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence present with higher levels of risk and complex needs by the time they access support. We also know that LGBT+ victims/survivors are not experiencing domestic abuse in isolation. There are high rates of poly-victimisation; repeat experiences of abuse and discrimination over their lifetime.

“They wouldn’t accept that he was in a gay relationship. He felt very outraged... When the person behind the counter spoke to my client, he said, “oh your friend”, it wasn’t his friend, it was his partner, and that’s still happening out there, even in the professional sector.”

                       Idva, The Dyn Project, from the SafeLives Spotlight report Free to be Safe

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This course will increase your understanding of the dynamics of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence, and how abuse may be experienced by LGBT+ survivors. It will encourage you to consider how identity may impact on a person's experience of abuse, possible barriers to making disclosures or accessing support and specific risk factors you may need to consider. The training will be delivered by specialist LGBT+ practitioners from SafeLives and Victim Support Wales.

Dates and locations:

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

17 March 2020:

Following new advice from the prime minister in response to the evolving nature of the situation with Covid-19, we have decided to postpone those courses.

We hope to reschedule the training as soon as possible and are also working with our trainers to explore our options for delivering sessions remotely.

We will be in touch soon with further details. 

Thursday 26th March - Venue in the Park, Wrexham postponed  / Friday 27th March - Chapter, Cardiff: postponed / Tuesday 31st March - Hafan Cymru Conference Suite, Carmarthen: postponed

Responding to Older People Affected by Domestic Abuse - Specialist Course - now taking applications

Our research finds that on average, older people experience domestic abuse for twice as long before seeking help as those aged under 61, and nearly half have a disability.1 Yet, older victims are hugely under-represented in domestic abuse services. 

This training course will help you improve the response to older people in your area who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Our Spotlight on older people and domestic abuse highlighted that older people are often 'hidden' victims of domestic abuse.

As well as experiencing abuse for twice as long before seeking help, older victims are also less likely to attempt to leave in the year before accessing support and are more likely to continue to live with the perpetrator after getting support. 

The course will increase your understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and how it may be different for older people. It will encourage you to consider how age-related factors may impact on a person's experience of abuse, the key risk factors for serious harm, and how to safety plan in a multi-agency context.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

17 March 2020: Dates - 1 block of 4 consecutive days: 31st March - 3rd April 2020 Postpone

Following new advice from the prime minister in response to the evolving nature of the situation with Covid-19, we have decided to postpone this course.

We hope to reschedule the training as soon as possible and are also working with our trainers to explore our options for delivering sessions remotely.

We will be in touch soon with further details.