Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women Training – Introduction

 
The Highland Public Services Partnership is continuing to offer a number of training programmes on Violence Against Women throughout Highland in 2015.  The focus of this training is to increase awareness and understanding of Violence Against Women issues and to develop skills and practices when responding to abuse.

All our training dates can be found within the Interagency calendar below:
 



To apply for our courses, please complete and return the application form

We are committed to raising awareness of Violence Against Women.  The term Violence Against Women (or gender based violence as it is often known) encompasses many issues including domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and prostitution.  It is estimated that between 1 in 2 and 1 in 5 women in Highland will experience at least one form of it in their lifetime.  The impact this can have on a woman’s life is wide ranging and can include physical disability, sexual ill health and mental health problems.

 
The Highland Violence Against Women training is offered at two different levels:
 
Level 1 – Awareness Raising
Level 2 – Skills/sector specific training 
We can combine our offer of training to meet the needs of teams and are happy to offer team training sessions out with this open calendar.
 

Training Provision

Please note: In order to access Level 2 training and the workshops that we are offering, participants MUST have previously attended a Level 1 Violence Against Women course or Women’s Aid domestic abuse training in the past 3 years, however this is not a requisite for White Ribbon training.

 
During 2015 we will continue to offer Level 1 Training on:

  • Understanding Violence Against Women and Gender Inequality
The Level 2 Training we will be offering in 2015:
 
  • Asking the Questions about Violence Against Women
  • Multi-Agency Risk Assessement Conferences (MARACs) for Domestic Abuse
  • Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse
  • Child and Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (offered in partnership with the Child Protection Committee
  • Children's Experiences of Domestic Abuse

We will also be offering workshops on the following topics:
 

  • Sexualisation of Culture and Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  • Harmful Traditional Practices - Focus on Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutliation (offered in partnership with the Child Protection and Adult Support and Protection Committees)
  • White Ribbon Scotland Speaker Training (offered in partnership with White Ribbon Scotland)


Level 1 - Understanding Violence Against Women & Gender Inequality - 1/2 day course

Course Information:
In Highland, we aim to improve service responses to women, children and young people who have experienced gender based violence by offering this training to all statutory and voluntary agency staff.  The training will highlight what Violence Against Women is, why it happens and focus on good practice.

 
Aims:

  • To explore the causes and effects of Violence Against Women
  • To explore gender, sex and gendered roles
  • To highlight the different forms of Violence Against Women that Women Children and Young People experience
  • To explore how the needs of women, children and young people who experience gender based violence are met

Aimed at:
All staff and volunteers who are in contact with women, children and young people, and/or men.
 
 
Level 2 - Asking the Questions about Violence Against Women - ½ day course
 
Course Information:
This course specifically looks at how to build up to asking the questions about violence and abuse.  It is particularly relevant to staff who are expected to ask women about abuse as part of routine enquiry, and who are involved in the MARAC process. This course will also be of interest to a wider group of staff and volunteers across a range of statutory and voluntary agencies.  The course will focus on routine enquiry of abuse as well as how to ask questions if you suspect someone is or has experienced any form of abuse.

Aims:

  • Understand the reasons why it is difficult for some women to talk about their experiences and sometimes for workers to ask
  • Be able to break down the barriers stopping workers asking
  • Feel confident in asking about Violence Against Women and responding

Aimed at:
All staff who are in contact with women as part of their day to day role, in particular, those who have regular contact with women and/or have specific responsibilities in regard to MARAC and/or adult and/or child protection
 
 
Level 2 - Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) for Domestic Abuse - ½ day course
 

Course Information:
This course highlights the actions that staff should take after a disclosure of domestic abuse.  It covers, risk assessment, referring to a MARAC, safety planning and record keeping.  It looks at the MARAC process and the role and responsibility of staff in relation to this.
 
Aims:

  • Participants will understand and be able to explain to others the MARAC process
  • Participants will be able to complete the Risk Assessment Checklist and have increased confidence in discussing abuse with clients.
  • Participants will be able to identify what workers can do after a disclosure
  • Participants will develop their understanding of what happens at a MARAC meeting and typical actions to expect

Aimed at:
All staff who are in contact with women as part of their day to day role, in particular, those who have regular contact with women and/or have specific responsibilities in regard to MARAC and/or adult and/or child protection
 
 
Level 2 - What we Need to Know when Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse - ½  day course

Course Information:
Many of us already have contact with perpetrators of abuse and this course examines the ways we ensure we work with families where there is domestic abuse in appropriate ways.  The training aims to bring perpetrators of domestic abuse into the foreground and, although, the training is not focused on therapeutic interventions or behaviour change, it is about workers best practice.
 
Aims

  • To bring perpetrators of domestic abuse to the attention of service providers
  • For workers to feel confident in dealing with perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • To ensure workers avoid colluding with perpetrators of domestic abuse

Aimed at:
All staff and volunteers who work with men and families.  The course will be of specific interest to staff who may be involved in developing Child’s Plans.
 
Level 2 - Child and Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse - 1 day course
 
Course Information:

There are strong links between women’s experiences of gender based violence and children’s experiences of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Children can experience a range of impacts as a result.  This course helps to start assessing these impacts and identify the needs of children and their families. Many adults using services will have a history of being sexually abused in childhood. From understanding the childhood experience, responses to raising the issue with adults and dealing with adult disclosures will be developed on this course.

Aims:
By the end of this training, participants should be able to:

  • Explore the impact of various types of abuse and neglect on children, young people and adults – including child sexual abuse
  • Recognise the need for early and effective interventions
  • To deal positively and respond effectively to disclosures of child sexual abuse

Aimed at:

  • All staff working with children, young people and families, as well as those working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse. In particular those staff who:
  • Have regular contact or carry out direct work with children & families
  • Contribute to assessments of children, including assessment of risk
  • May be required to attend Child’s Plan Meetings/deliver a Child’s Plan
  • Have specific responsibilities in regard to child protection
  • Have regular contact with adults where abuse may have been present in childhood – particularly mental health and substance misuse staff


Prerequisites for attending:
In addition to attending Violence Against Women or domestic abuse training, participants must also have attended Child Protection training within the past 3 years.

Level 2 – Children’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse - ½ day course
 
Course Information:
This training aims to support workers who have regular contact with children and young people and who are seeking an understanding of how living with domestic abuse can impact on their lives.
 
Aims:

  • Awareness of the effects of domestic abuse on children and young people
  • Ability to identify the ways in which children and young people of different ages experience domestic abuse
  • Ability to describe the broad effects of domestic abuse on a child or a young person
  • Increased awareness of ways we can support women, children and  young people who have experienced domestic abuse
  • Increased understanding of the importance of listening to children and young people and how difficult it can be for them to be heard

Aimed at:
Support Workers who have regular contact with children and young people.
 
 
Sexualisation of Culture and Commercial Sexual Exploitation - 1 day workshop
 

Course Information:
Increasing concern is being expressed about the sexualisation of culture.  This workshop begins to unpick the messages we get about what it means to be men and women in today’s society and how our view of sexuality can be shaped by the media.  It also focuses on specific aspects of commercial sexual exploitation – prostitution, pornography and lap dancing – and will provide the audience with opportunities to explore their thoughts and feelings about these issues.

Aims:

  • Understand how current culture normalises Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  • Compare the media image of Commercial Sexual Exploitation with the reality of prostitution, pornography and lap dancing
  • Identify opportunities for addressing the Sexualisation of Culture

Aimed at:
This course is only open to those aged 18 or over as sexually explicit content will be shown during the course.

Harmful Traditional Cultural Practices

Focus on Forced Marriage & Female Genital Mutilation - 1 day workshop
 
Course Information
New legislation was introduced in 2011 on forced marriage that makes clear the responsibilities of all public sector agencies and introduces new legal remedies for victims. Female Genital Mutilation has also been the subject of improved legal protection for potential victims. This course looks at what harmful traditional cultural practices are, why they are used and how and why we should support those affected.
 
Aims

  • Increase understanding of the concept of honour
  • Develop knowledge on what constitutes a forced marriage and female genital mutilation and the legal protections available
  • Understand the impacts on individuals of harmful traditional cultural practices
  • Identify helpful ways to respond in your service

Aimed at:
All staff and volunteers in contact with women, men, children and young people.
 

Level 2 - White Ribbon Scotland Speaker Training - 1 day course (Men only)
 

The White Ribbon Scotland Speaker Training is an interactive training day which provides trainees the knowledge, skills and resources to become an active member of the White Ribbon Scotland Network.  Using a mixture of presentation, workshops, group discussions and media clips we enable trainees to engage men and boys raising awareness of violence against women and changing negative attitudes and behaviours of the problematic minority of men who commit acts of violence against women.

For further information: contact Johann Roden, Support Officer, Violence Against Women Partnership. Tel: 01463 704724 or email: kristeen.gall@nhs.net

 
Aims

  • Trainees will be able to deliver presentation and hold workshops with the support of White Ribbon Scotland and local community groups, however we work with trainees individually to hold events which they are comfortable with and relate to their personal and professional environment.
  • To engage creative thinking as to how to engage others in this positive campaign and related issues
  • To explore bespoke activities which trainees can use to encourage others to pledge support to the campaign and to play a valuable role in preventing violence against women through positive engagement.

Aimed at:
 
Men in a local community or workplace.
 

For information on any of our courses please contact Kristeen Gall on 01463 704814 or kristeen.gall@nhs.net