We regularly run two full-day, multi-agency training courses which are also available as in-house courses: Working with Families Affected by Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Awareness & Good Practice. Both courses are facilitated by trainers with a combined 20+ years’ front-line experience of supporting survivors.

The courses are appropriate for professionals, volunteers and managers working with adults and/or children affected by domestic abuse or forced marriage, including in social work, education, health, criminal justice, children’s centres, and voluntary sector organisations. The cost is: £75 (voluntary sector); £85 (statutory sector); £120 (private sector), and refreshments are provided.

Working with Families Affected by Domestic Abuse – next date TBC

  • Understanding and identifying domestic abuse
  • Asking questions and responding to disclosures
  • Why are some people abusive?
  • Why doesn’t the abused person “just leave”?
  • How does living with violence affect children?
  • How does a controlling relationship affect parenting?
  • How can professionals avoid colluding with abusive behaviour?
  • Risk awareness, safety planning and good practice

Forced Marriage Awareness & Good Practice – next date Friday 9th February 2018, Leeds City Centre

  • Forced marriage in the context of honour-based and domestic abuse
  • What motivates honour-based abuse and forced marriage?
  • Extent and impact of forced marriage
  • Experiences of survivors
  • Barriers and consequences to fleeing forced marriage
  • How organisations have failed victims and implications for practice
  • Roles of the Forced Marriage Unit, Social Care and Police
  • Risk awareness and safety planning


Some feedback from previous courses: “Brilliant course with facilitators with a wealth of knowledge and experience.” “Fantastic course, informative, thought-provoking, makes you think outside the box. Content handled/delivered professionally and sensitively.” “A very hard subject to train however the two trainers were great in delivering the course and the pace was excellent. Keep up the good work.”  “Mixture of facilitation techniques kept me engaged. Lots of tools for us to utilise in our work rather than just increasing knowledge.” “Very good day, did not feel like training, was very relaxed and enjoyed it, thank you.”

To book a place on the course please complete the booking form below and send to minnow@leedswomensaid.org.uk.  (or request a Word version from the same address) or post to Main Office, PO Box 826, Leeds, LS1 9PL.


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