Coronavirus and the subsequent lockdowns have had a dramatic impact on all our lives. However, one area that has been impacted the most is domestic abuse.
There were more than 40,000 calls and contacts made to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline during the first three months of lockdown, most by women seeking help. This represents an 80% increase on the same time last year, says the charity Refuge, which runs the helpline. As well as an increase in calls, Domestic Abuse organisations have also seen a 54% increase in women needing to flee their abusers.
The Office of National Statistics have issued a range of data sources to assess the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on domestic abuse in England and Wales – please click here to be redirected.
Living in a home where domestic abuse happens can have a serious impact on a child or young person’s mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their behaviour. And this can last into adulthood. Evidence tells us that over 90% of children are in the same or next room to where the abuse is happening. Two women are murdered every week by a current or former partner.
What’s important is to make sure that people are protected, and the abuse stops and that children have a safe and stable environment to grow up in.
This Domestic Abuse training course helps people who work with children to understand what domestic violence is, how it may begin, who perpetrates abuse, and how to identify when it may be happening. The course outlines the impact that domestic violence and abuse has on victims and children, and assists colleagues to understand how to respond appropriately to their concerns.
Domestic violence and abuse, sometimes referred to as DVA, is a serious safeguarding children issue. Witnessing domestic violence – whether first hand, overhearing it, or only observing the after-effects – is considered a form of significant harm under safeguarding children guidance.
This is a two-part course. The first half of the day is designed so you can identify the signs that a child or young person is living in a home where there is domestic abuse. It will equip you to know how to respond and how to risk assess and refer victims to the appropriate services including those who are at high risk of homicide.
The second half of the day is an exploration of how domestic abuse impacts on children and young people at different ages, how we can identify those children who are living with domestic abuse and how we can help them on the journey to recovery.
This training course is essential for anyone working with children and young people whether in a school setting or a different setting.
Facilitator: Lisa Wisher (click here to view her bio)