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We have a selection of e-learning courses available on this website. Below you can see information about all of our courses. Some of these courses are free, and some are available to specific organisations.

To access any of these courses, click on the link below for the course you wish to complete. This will take you to the registration page. You need to register as a user on the e-learning platform. You will then receive an email asking you to confirm your registration. Please be sure to complete this important step otherwise you will not be able to access the courses. The email asking for confirmation may end up in your spam folder.

You will need to register separately for each course you do. If you have any difficulties registering or logging in, please contact the site administrator at training@avaproject.org.uk

    Available courses

    In February 2014, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance for health and social care practitioners on responding to domestic violence in their practice. The guidance outlined four levels of training for differing professionals groups. This e-learning programme will enable you to meet level 1 & 2 of the NICE recommended training and is applicable to all health and social care professionals.

    What is covered in this course?

    • What is domestic violence?
    • Impact of domestic violence on survivors and their children
    • The help seeking process
    • Disclosures and support options
    • Supporting a diverse range of survivors
    • Causes of domestic violence and perpetrators.

    Levels 3 & 4 are measured in real life settings and so there is not an e-learning course which covers these.

    We estimate this course takes between 3 hours, as such it is 3 CPD points.

    Domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental distress are three issues which often co-exist and when they do, things can become complicated. This course is designed to ‘uncomplicate’ matters by raising your awareness about how the three issues interlink and reflecting on the most effective ways to engage with individuals and families who are affected by these issues.

    This course has been developed alongside a toolkit for professionals who work with victims or perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence who are also affected by problematic substance use and/or mental distress. You will find links to the toolkit throughout the course. Otherwise, you can download the full toolkit here. 

    This e-learning has been created by AAFDA, a specialist charity for families who have been affected by a death involving domestic abuse and centre for excellence on Domestic Homicide Reviews in partnership with AVA, a training and consultancy charity working to end violence against women and girls. Together we want to encourage you to think about how children and young people you are working with can have a voice in a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) in the wake of losing a parent.

    Who is this e-learning for?

    Professionals working with children and young people who could be involved in a Domestic Homicide Review.

    How long will this e-learning course take you to complete?

    This course will take around 2 hours to complete. 

    • What is covered in this course:
    • What is domestic abuse
    • What is trauma 
    • What is traumatic bereavement 
    • What is domestic homicide 
    • What is a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) 
    • Trauma for children and young people
    • The Window of Tolerance
    • Fight, flight, freeze & feeling okay
    • Building blocks for supporting children and young people
    • Why should children and young people be involved in DHRs
    • The DHR process
    • What's needed to facilitate children's contributions
    • AAFDA's session map 

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our lives. The initial lockdown in the U.K. and the continued restrictions on movement and social interaction resulted in a significant increase in the rates of domestic abuse at a time when professionals and services were under even greater strain than usual to support and meet their service users' needs. This course provides specific information about how to support survivors of domestic abuse and their children. We hope it will help you to work with people affected by domestic abuse during these challenging times.

    You can find more help on our Resource Hub, this includes sections on supporting survivors, yourself and others. The site features tools, resources, articles and more collated by us and shared to AVA by those in the VAWG and other sectors. Click here to visit. 

    This course was funded by The London Community Foundation. 

    Helen Bonnick has been working in the field of child to parent violence and abuse for over ten years, raising awareness of this hidden form of family violence through writing, consulting and speaking at training events. In this webinar she will open up what is currently known about CPVA - including what we have learned through lockdown - and suggest ways in which we can all work to support families affected.

    As charities are working rapidly to transition their services to provide support online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, safeguarding is emerging as a key concern. This webinar aims to help you navigate the complex safeguarding landscape and confidently embed key principles within your digital solutions. 

    We have created a Resource Pack to go with this webinar. 

    This webinar was delivered by Jo Sharpen, Policy and Projects Director and Ruth Atkinson, Project Manager. 

    After many years of campaigning and lobbying, children have now been acknowledged as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the Domestic Abuse Bill that is currently making its way through parliament. This webinar will offer an in depth review of the implications of the provisions in the Bill as well as guidance on how services can begin to prepare themselves for when the Domestic Abuse Act comes into force in 2021.

    Alcohol is well known to be linked with a greater risk of domestic abuse happening, and during COVID-19 there has been evidence of an increase in both alcohol consumption and domestic abuse. But what is the connection? And how can we support survivors who are affected by alcohol and domestic abuse? This webinar will provide an overview of the current research about the links between alcohol use and domestic abuse and offer guidance to working with families living with these issues. 

    This webinar will be of interest to a wide range of professionals working with people who have been affected by trauma. We will look at some of the key ways in which having close contact with trauma survivors can impact on practitioners and discuss how we can look after ourselves when working with trauma. There will be space to reflect on what you are able to put into practice for yourself as well as the support you need from your employer to maintain your wellbeing.

    This webinar was presented by Jennifer Holly, Project Manager. 

    This webinar looks at the changing nature of working with families who have experienced or who are at risk of domestic abuse, during Covid-19. 

    The session includes: 

    • The additional risks posed by social isolation 
    • Managing risk remotely 
    • Creative ways of engaging with families 
    • The new DA bill and implications for children 

    This is suitable for anyone working with families affected by domestic abuse and will involve a presentation and a time for interactive questions with the facilitators. 

    Many people are struggling with their mental health during this time - from increased anxiety about becoming ill to the detrimental impact of being in lockdown and isolated from friends, family and support services. This webinar is for anyone working survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and will provide information and guidance on how to support their mental wellbeing whilst social distancing guidance remains in place.

    The webinar was led by Shirley McNicholas, AVA's women's mental health consultant and founder of the Drayton Park Women's Crisis House.

    Domestic violence has increased dramatically during this year's lockdown. At the same time, supporting survivors has become more difficult due to the Government's social distancing measures. This webinar will provide an overview of best practice for working with survivors during COVID-19 including remotely managing risk. 

    This course was developed by AVA on behalf of the London Borough of Barnet to provide staff with a foundation level of understanding of both domestic abuse and sexual violence.

    It was developed in accordance with the London Borough of Barnet’s ‘Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2017-2020’. 

    This e-learning module is based on an OCN accredited training course developed by AVA and Women and Girls Network. Through the e-learning programme, you will develop a sound understanding of the experiences of vulnerable and gang-affected young women. You will learn to identify the abuse young women are vulnerable to and learn strategies to engage and support vulnerable young women who may also be at risk of gang involved or are already gang-associated.