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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.