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AVA offers a range of free online training tools and can also develop e-learning to meet your specific needs.

Our e-learning courses are £15 per course for individuals, or if you are an organisation interested in purchasing bulk log-ins or would like to talk to us about developing e-learning as a stand alone tool or as part of a blended learning package, please email training@avaproject.org.uk. 

When paying on the e-learning site the PayPal option also offers payment using debit/credit cards.

Supporting Survivors During Covid-19

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.

This course will take around 30-40 minutes.

This course was funded by London Community Foundation. 

This course will cover:

  • Types of domestic abuse and Covid-19
  • Supporting survivors remotely
  • Support different types of survivors
  • Support issues specific to Covid-19
  • Looking after yourself, burnout and secondary trauma.

Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse Levels 1 and 2 (CPD Accredited)

In February 2014, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance on domestic violence making recommendations for how health and social professionals could improve how they respond to domestic violence. This e-learning programme will enable you to meet levels 1 and 2 of the NICE guidance and is applicable to all health and social care professionals.

Level 1: Staff should be trained to respond to a disclosure of domestic violence and abuse sensitively and in a way that ensures people’s safety. They should also be able to direct people to specialist services. This level of training is for: physiotherapists, speech therapists, dentists, youth workers, care assistants, receptionists, interpreters and non-specialist voluntary and community sector workers.

Level 2: Staff should be trained to ask about domestic violence and abuse in a way that makes it easier for people to disclose it. This involves an understanding of the epidemiology of domestic violence and abuse, how it affects people’s lives and the role of professionals in intervening safely. Staff should also be able to respond with empathy and understanding, assess someone’s immediate safety and offer referral to specialist services. Typically this level of training is for: nurses, accident and emergency doctors, adult social care staff, ambulance staff, children’s centre staff, children and family social care staff, GPs, mental health professionals, midwives, health visitors, paediatricians, health and social care professionals in education (including school nurses), prison staff and alcohol and drug misuse workers. In some cases, it will also be relevant for youth workers.

  • 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.

Complicated Matters: Domestic and Sexual Violence, Problematic Substance Use and Mental Distress

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.

This course is aimed at health and social care practitioners and has been developed alongside a toolkit which you can download here. You will find links to the toolkit throughout the course.

  • You will begin to explore how the three issues interlink and consider the basic principles of working with victims of domestic and sexual violence who are also affected by substance use problems and/or mental distress.
  • You will learn about the most common responses to traumatic experiences such as domestic and sexual violence, and consider the different ways in which survivors use prescribed medication, alcohol and illicit drugs and way of coping with trauma and the subsequent responses.
  • You will learn how to appropriately ask about, and respond to disclosures of, domestic and sexual violence, substance use and mental distress.
  • You will have an overview of survivors most common needs, some of which relate to the way in which services provide interventions rather than the type of intervention itself.
  • People who experience violence and abuse, substance use and mental health problems are at risk of harm – from themselves and others. You will consider how to manage internal, relational and external safety.
  • You will gain an introduction into crisis management and the different systems in place to protect people from harm.
  • You will consider the impact of abuse, substance use and mental distress on adults’ parenting skills and consider safe ways to work with parents and families affected by these issues.
  • You will unpick some of the myths about perpetrators behaviour and the association with alcohol and mental health problems. We also look at safe ways to address perpetrators’ behaviours.
  • You will consider some of the barriers to effective multi-agency working and outlines ways to improve partnership working.
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