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Welcome to AVA’s e-learning programme on Child to Parent Violence and Abuse (CPVA). Funded by the Home Office, this course has been created to support professionals in enhancing their knowledge of CPVA, exploring approaches to supporting families and developing an understanding of service provision. 

We hope this course will provide you with the information you need to support families impact by CPVA. 

This course is arranged into four sections:

Understanding Child to Parent Violence and Abuse (CPVA)

What is trauma?

Supporting families 

Looking after yourself  


By the end of the course, you will:

have a greater understanding of the dynamics and contexts of child to parent violence

be able to describe background theory, sector statistics and risk factors

have a greater understanding of the barriers and approaches to engage with young people and parents in relation to this issue

have increased knowledge about current service provision and developing practice

have an awareness of the types of activities that can be useful in working with families affected by child to parent violence.


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. 

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. 

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.