Domestic Violence and Abuse, Sexual Violence and Harmful Practices Training

The community safety team are currently working on producing a new Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy for Brighton and Hove and East Sussex. It will set 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.

In order to ensure that professionals working in Brighton & Hove are able to access appropriate training, the Partnership Community Safety Team has previously developed a training prospectus with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, Safeguarding Adults Board and Brighton & Hove City Council’s Workforce Development Team for 2018/19. The Community Safety Team are currently undertaking a review of the training offered across Brighton and Hove and East Sussex before publishing a new training programme for 2019-20. Once this review has been undertaken the new training prospectus will be available on this website. The 2018/19 Training Prospectus is available here for reference.

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 Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway.

In addition to the strategy and training work outlined above there is also work being undertake to redesign the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) response to high risk victims of Domestic Abuse in both Brighton and Hove and East Sussex. Once this redesign of the MARAC process is finalised the new pathways and response will be covered within training sessions offered within the city.



Domestic violence and abuse; Stalking

  • 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 regarding the development of the new VAWG strategy contact: Lindsay Adams


Telephone: 01273 291032

For further information regarding the MARAC redesign work contact:

Nicola Spiers

MARAC Team Leader Brighton & Hove and East Sussex


Tel: 01323 464327


For further information regarding the training review contact:

Rose Hawkins

Partnership Officer Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse for Brighton and Hove


Tel: 01273 291101