Supporting the sector
At Respect we’re committed to providing frontline workers with the skills and knowledge they need to support service users safely and effectively. To achieve this, we deliver training that aligns with our core strands of work: perpetrators of domestic abuse, male victims and young people using violence.
Currently, all of our training is delivered online, using a mix of self-paced learning on Moodle, and trainer-led courses delivered via Zoom. All our training is evidence based, informed by contemporary research, and created and tested by specialist practitioners.
How we supported the workforce in 2021/22
Giving professionals confidence
We developed, promoted and delivered a brand-new training course in early 2022. The three-day ‘Integrated Support Service Worker – Essential Training’ responded to a skills gap in this area, and supported 32 professionals to:
- develop confidence and skills in providing responsive and trauma-informed support to survivors of domestic abuse as part of the Integrated Support Service.
- gain a robust understanding of the Respect Standard.
- learn to use a range of risk assessment models, respond to changes in risk and safety plan accordingly.
Funded by the Home Office, we worked with SafeLives and the Drive Partnership to deliver a package of training designed to safely meet the growing demand for effective responses to perpetrators of domestic abuse. As part of the package, known as “A Workforce Fit for the Future”, we trained 52 professionals across four courses.
We also continued our work with the Ascent Partnership, a partnership project funded by London Councils and undertaken by the London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium. The project delivers a range of services for those affected by sexual and domestic violence in London, as well as providing support and training to voluntary and statutory organisations to improve the quality of their services and their sustainability.
Training professionals outside the sector
Using a grant from the Welsh Government, our training team worked with Welsh Women’s Aid to deliver a training programme targeting professionals from outside the domestic abuse sector, supporting anyone in Wales who may encounter perpetrators in their role.
- 173 learners completed the course.
- 36% of learners felt confident in recognising and responding to perpetrators before the training, 93% felt confident in recognising and responding to perpetrators following the training – an improvement of 57%.
- 6.4% of registrations were from people at by and for organisations.
It covered so many areas I had never considered are definable as domestic violence. The clarity over coercive, controlling behaviour was very insightful.