Domestic Violence and Abuse, Sexual Violence and Harmful Practices Training Prospectus 2018/19

Brighton & Hove has a Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy which sets out the approach to a range of crime types, like Domestic Violence and Abuse, as well as Rape, Sexual Violence and Abuse and other forms of Violence against Women and Girls. A key part of the strategy is to have “consistent care pathways delivered by a skilled workforce to ensure that there is ‘no wrong door’ and ‘no missed chance”.

In order to ensure that professionals working in Brighton & Hove are able to access appropriate training, the Partnership Community Safety Team has developed a training prospectus with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, Safeguarding Adults Board and Brighton & Hove City Council’s Workforce Development Team. The prospectus describes the training available in the city relating to domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women and girls. The 2018/19 Training Prospectus is available here.

While there is frequently an overlap with child and adult safeguarding there is a range of other training relating specifically to child and adult safeguarding issues. Further information is available from the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway. Click here to access the the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway.

Rolling training

The following training is available on request to be delivered in house;

An introduction to domestic & sexual abuse and violence against women and girls: prevalence, impact and response

This briefing session has been designed to give an overview of domestic & sexual abuse and violence against women and girls. The session will provide a local, national and international context to these forms of violence and abuse, describe their prevalence and impact in Brighton & Hove and review strategic and operational responses. The session will also explore the experience of victim/survivors (including what can help and hinder people when they seek help to find safety, cope and recover), as well as approaches to managing individuals who perpetrate these forms of violence and abuse.

Domestic Violence and Abuse: Risk Identification and Initial Response

This 90 minute briefing session will give an overview of why we risk assess victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA), the history and purpose of the Domestic Abuse Stalking Harassment and Honour Based Violence (DASH) risk identification checklist (RIC), how to use the DASH RIC and what to do with the information once a DASH RIC has been completed.​

Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA): An introduction to the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

This 90 minute briefing session has been designed to give an overview of the MARAC process, including an awareness of the tools used locally to identify risk. The session will include an overview of MARAC, how to make a referral, as well as describing how practitioners should complete research for the MARAC, information sharing protocols, and what happens at the meeting itself.


Domestic violence and abuse; Stalking

  • The Partnership Community Safety Team offers training to statutory, voluntary and community sector partners to help ensure that frontline professionals are able to undertake risk identification and refer to the MARAC. This training is FREE and can be delivered to a service or team by arrangement. For more information click here.
  • 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 to meet level 1 & 2 of the NICE recommended training and is applicable to all health and social care professionals. To access this training click here.
  • Domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental ill-health 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 ill-health. You will find links to the toolkit throughout the course. To access this training click here.
  • The Home Office has produced an online course for frontline practitioners who will be taking part in domestic homicide reviews: To access this training click here.

Rape and sexual violence; Sexual exploitation; Sexual harassment in the workplace and public sphere

  • To be confirmed

Harmful Practices

  • The FMU has developed a new forced marriage e-learning package for professionals. The modules aim to enable professionals to recognise the warning signs of forced marriage and ensure that the appropriate action is taken to help protect and support all those at risk. To access this training click here.
  • The Home Office has launched free online training for frontline professionals in identifying and helping girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): You can find out more about FGM through the e-learning package, Recognising and preventing FGM.  To access this training click here.

Further information:

For further information contact the Training and Awareness Officer, Luke Martin


Telephone: 01273 291101