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Domestic Abuse Training – Booking Information and Course Details

How to book

To book onto one of our courses, please select a course and complete the booking form on the bookings page.

In-house delivery of our courses

A number of the courses can also be delivered in-house if you have enough people in your organisation needing the training (minimum of 8). To discuss this option and arrange a date for us to visit your organisation and train your staff, please email training.group@actionorg.uk.

Our Domestic Abuse Training courses

Below are details of the free courses provided by Action, available for people working in Sheffield.


Domestic Abuse Signs, Indicators and Referral pathways in Sheffield – HALF DAY

Course overview
This course is widely delivered across the city and is a useful insight into:

  • what domestic abuse (DA) is
  • the signs, indicators and effects of DA
  • the Sheffield Pathway for referring to DA support services
  • the DA support services that exist in Sheffield

This half day course is a great introduction for professionals wanting to build up their knowledge of what domestic abuse is and how it impacts on a person experiencing it. You will learn about the different types of abuse that constitute DA, as well as what types of abusive behaviours there are, the signs of DA and the impact these have on the victim. You will also learn about safety planning and the services available in Sheffield to support someone experiencing DA. This course is not suitable for specialist DA professionals.

Course dates

Date(s) Time Availability Location
21/02/17 9:30-12:30pm Available Star House, Division St, Sheffield
26/03/18 9:30-12:30pm Available Star House, Division St, Sheffield

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Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment: DASH and MARAC – HALF DAY

Course overview
This is another course which is widely delivered across the city and will give participants insight into:

  • what a DASH risk assessment is
  • how to complete a DASH and carry out safety planning with a DA victim
  • levels of risk for DA victims
  • the MARAC process in Sheffield
  • your organisation’s role
  • the Sheffield Pathway for referring to DA support services
  • the DA support services that exist in Sheffield

This half day course is suitable for professionals working in any support/health service who potentially come across victims of DA in their day to day work. It will teach you how to carry out an effective risk assessment with a DA victim and how to enable them to get the appropriate support. If you have very little knowledge of DA it is recommended that you go to the Signs, Indicators and Referrals half day course first. This course is also suitable for professionals working in the DA field who want to brush up their risk assessment skills.

Course dates

Date(s) Time Availability Location
24/01/18 1:30 -4:30pm Available Action, 22 Wilkinson St, Sheffield, S10 2GB
26/03/18 1:30 -4:30pm Available Action, 22 Wilkinson St, Sheffield, S10 2GB

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Domestic Abuse: Signs, Indicators & Risk Assessment (DASH & MARAC) – FULL DAY

Course overview
This course is a combination of the two half day courses above and explores:

  • what domestic abuse (DA) is
  • the signs, indicators and effects of DA
  • what a DASH risk assessment is and how to complete one
  • how to give safety planning advice to a DA victim
  • the levels of risk for DA victims and the MARAC process in Sheffield
  • your organisation’s role within this
  • the Sheffield Pathway for referring to DA support services
  • the DA support services that exist in Sheffield

This full day course is suitable for professionals working in any support/health service who potentially come across victims of DA in their day to day work. It will be useful to you if you only have a basic knowledge of DA and want to increase your awareness of it, as well as wanting to have knowledge of how to risk assess a DA victim in order to appropriately support a victim.

Course dates

Date(s) Time Availability Location
15/12/17 09:30-4.30pm FULLY BOOKED Moorfoot, Conference Suite
31/01/18 09:30-4.30pm Available Moorfoot, Conference Suite
26/03/18 09:30-4.30pm Available Moorfoot, Conference Suite

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Identifying and Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse

Course overview
This training runs three times a year and enables participants to:

  • understand the experiences of male victims of domestic abuse
  • look at how these experiences differ to female victims
  • identify the barriers that male victims face in disclosing their abuse
  • be aware of the victim/perpetrator issue
  • understand the potential responses to male victims of domestic abuse

This training is suitable for any professional whose work involves working with and supporting men in Sheffield.

Course dates

Date(s) Time Availability Location
26/01/18 09:30-4:30pm Available Moorfoot

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Safeguarding Children and Young People Affected by Domestic Abuse

Course overview
This course is run twice a year and the course helps participants to:

  • develop an understanding of how domestic abuse (DA) can impact upon children and young people
  • understand the impacts on parenting and the ability to safeguard
  • increase their confidence in identifying the signs and indicators of children witnessing domestic abuse
  • understand the importance of risk assessment and safety planning
  • understand the importance of safeguarding measures and of working with other relevant agencies
  • understand referral pathways within Sheffield and the services available

The course is designed for participants who come into regular contact with children and young people and wish to gain a wider understanding of the safeguarding of this client group in relation to DA. If you have little knowledge of DA it is recommended that you attend the Signs, Indicators and Referrals half day course first.

Course dates

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Young People and Domestic Abuse

Course overview
This course is run five times a year and is often co-delivered with other organisations. The course helps participants to:

  • explore the relationship between young people and domestic abuse
  • look at what a healthy relationship is
  • understand how young people view relationships
  • identify the additional barriers young people specifically face in relation to domestic abuse

This course is suitable for participants working directly with young people.

Course dates

Date(s) Time Availability Location
26/02/18  09:30-12:30PM Available Moorfoot, Conference Suite

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Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation (16+) and Sexual Violence (16+)

Course overview
This course is run twice a year and the course will help participants to:

  • Understand the concepts of sexual abuse, exploitation and violence
  • Explore common myths and facts
  • Look at the impacts of sexual abuse
  • Victims responses and ‘Trauma Bonding’
  • Working with victims/survivors
  • Sheffield pathways

This course is suitable for professionals who are working with adult survivors of sexual abuse, exploitation and violence who experienced it when they were age 16 plus.

Course dates

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Systems of Abuse Including Forced Marriage/Honour Based Violence/FGM

Course overview
This course is run twice a year helps participants to:

  • increase their understanding and awareness of forced marriage, so-called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation and related issues
  • increase awareness of cultural context and beliefs
  • be able to describe the barriers to seeking help and service provision
  • be aware of the legal framework and know the local procedures
  • know and understand the importance of risk assessment, safety planning and good communication across agencies
  • be able to describe good practice in working together and know where to signpost to useful resources

This is an introductory course to the above subject and is not suitable for professionals who already have a good understanding of these concepts.

Course dates

Date(s) Time Availability Location
19/03/18 09:30-4:30pm FULLY BOOKED Moorfoot, Conf.rooms 4 & 5

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Domestic Abuse and Mental Health

Course overview
This course is run twice a year and helps participants to:

  • increase their awareness of domestic abuse (DA) and mental health issues
  • explore the connections between domestic abuse and mental health
  • look at some of the myths and realities around links and causes
  • determine the skills and knowledge needed to effectively support people experiencing this type of issue in the future

This is an introductory course to this topic and is suitable for any professional who comes into contact with service users with both these presenting problems.

Course dates

Date(s) Time Availability Location
07/12/17 09:30-4:30pm FULLY BOOKED Star House, Division St, Sheffield
10/01/18 09:30-4:30pm Available Moorfoot, Conference Suite

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Domestic Abuse and Substance Misuse

Course overview
This half day course is run three times a year in conjunction with a substance misuse specialist. This course helps participants to:

  • increase their awareness of domestic abuse (DA) and substance misuse issues
  • explore the connections between DA and substance misuse
  • look at the myths and realities around links and causes
  • determine the skills and knowledge needed to effectively support people experiencing this type of issue in the future

This is an introductory course to this topic and is suitable for any professional who comes into contact with service users with both these presenting problems.

Course dates

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MARAC Representative Masterclass

Course overview
This course is run twice a year and helps participants to:

  • re-visit the role of the DASH and why an accurate risk assessment is crucial to keep victims safe
  • look at how information should be recorded on the DASH and in what detail
  • be clear about the role of the IDVAS service and the work that they do with victims prior to the MARAC
  • identify the information that agencies need to bring to the MARAC meeting, the range of actions agencies can offer to help reduce risk to victims, and their role in feeding back to front line staff any relevant information from the MARAC
  • consider their organisation’s own internal processes in terms of high risk cases and the MARAC process to see if they are fit for purpose

This course is suitable for managers/leads or MARAC representatives in your organisation so that they can support front line staff appropriately and quality assure risk assessments and referrals to the MARAC.

Course dates

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