If you or your family are in immediate danger, or if you have sustained physical injuries, call the police and emergency services on 999.

BAVA Training

BAVA Offers a Range of Training Around Understanding Violence Against Women and Girls and Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Men Other Training Opportunities

Current training includes:

Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse Specialist training, to include Sexual Violence, Male Victims and Female Perpetrators.

We are sorry but this training is currently unavailable. However we will be regularly updating this site with other training provided by partner agencies in Bristol in relation to domestic violence and abuse.


Other Training Opportunities

How to Risk Assess DVA (Domestic Violence and abuse) and the MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) process

This course aims to equip professionals to speak to clients about domestic violence and abuse and enable them to risk assess the situation effectively. It will outline support services available to clients, including how to refer high risk clients to the MARAC and the purpose of this process. It is being delivered four times a year at Bridewell Police station, 1-2 Bridewell Street, Bristol, BS1 2AA.

You need to have completed the BAVA Understanding Domestic Abuse Level 2 course before you do this training.

Dates for 2017 to be confirmed.

To book onto this course/ for further details please email dvmaracbristol@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk


Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Training Level 3

Please note you do not need any previous training to attend this course.

The course aims to provide frontline professionals with an initial interaction with the issue of slavery and trafficking. Throughout the training attendees will develop greater knowledge of human trafficking and slavery and explore the issues facing individuals who have been trafficked, how to correctly identify and spot the signs of potential exploitation and learn about what is available to support those who have been trafficked.

Training will cover:

  • What trafficking and slavery are?
  • Nature and scale of the issue – nationally, regionally, locally
  • Types of trafficking and slavery and how to identify them
  • Legal definitions and the Modern Slavery Act
  • Working with potential victims
  • Victim and survivor’s perspective
  • How to interview and engage with vulnerable persons, safeguarding approach
  • The National Referral Mechanism – what it is and completing it
  • Processes to follow and things to consider
  • Your agencies responsibilities
  • Case studies and practice identifying potential victims

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe human trafficking and slavery and the different forms it takes
  • Understand the methods and control mechanisms that are used
  • Recognize the signs that indicate a person may be trafficked
  • Describe what they would do if faced with a potential victim of trafficking
  • Understand typical behaviors demonstrated by trafficked persons
  • Understand the risks associated with having been trafficked and the needs someone may have because of this
  • Understand their role in the process
  • Refer an individual into the national referral mechanism (if appropriate)
  • Understand statutory duty to report and any obligations they may have under the Modern Slavery Act

Dates for 2017 to be confirmed.

Places are limited (max 25) so early booking advised.  To book a place, fill out the online BAVA booking form – http://www.bava.org.uk/professionals/training-booking-form/



Healthy relationships and teen abuse training

A free level 2 one day 4yp course exploring healthy and unhealthy relationships for those working with young people. www.4ypbristol.co.uk/training entries/healthy-relationships-teen-abuse 4yp training offers a number of training courses for those working with young people in Bristol. The courses aim to increase workers’ confidence and skills to respond appropriately to young people’s queries, refer them to appropriate sources of support and advice and to carry out effective sex and relationships and substance misuse work. All the courses are free of charge and are facilitated by members of a multi-agency sex and relationships and substance misuse trainers’ network.

University of Bristol Centre for Gender and Violence Research

The Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the University of Bristol is situated in the School for Policy Studies. The Group acts as a focus for national, international and local research and offers wide-ranging consultancy, teaching and training on issues related to violence against women, working broadly alongside Women’s Aid and activist women’s projects.

Bristol Safeguarding Children Board

The BSCB Training Programme aims to increase participants’ knowledge and skills in the field of Child Protection and Safeguarding in order to provide high quality services and improve outcomes for children, young people and their families and carer (from Bristol Safeguarding Children Board training brochure). BSCB therefore provide training around child protection and related issues, including domestic violence and abuse.

Freedom Programme Facilitator Training

The Freedom Programme is a 12 week support group for women. It is open to any woman who wishes to learn more about the reality of domestic abuse. Freedom Programme facilitator training takes place periodically. If you are interested in becoming a Freedom Programme facilitator please contact Bristol.freedom@mungos.org .

Training for professionals will run mid-summer onwards 2017 and Group work places for women will be available from mid-summer onwards 2017. Please contact Next Link for more details and to added to the waiting list: Telephone 0117 9250680 Monday – Friday 08:30 – 17:30 or email via: enquiries@nextlinkhousing.gov.uk

Recovery Toolkit Facilitator Training Women’s Aid Qualification

The Recovery Toolkit is a 12 week programme support programme for women who have experienced domestic abuse but are no longer living with the abuser. The aim of the programme is not to hold women responsible for their abuse but to help them recover from the psychological distress caused by such abuse.

If you require any further information contact Next Link: Telephone 0117 9250680 Monday – Friday 08:30 – 17:30 or email via: enquiries@nextlinkhousing.gov.uk


Women’s Aid Qualification

An Open College Network accredited qualification entitled ‘Effective responses to domestic and sexual violence/abuse’, designed for professionals working within the domestic and sexual violence sector (e.g. DSV specialist support staff including refuge workers, refuge managers, outreach workers, anyone carrying out an IDVA role, children’s workers, etc) and professionals working in related fields (including health practitioners, teachers with responsibility for child protection, youth workers, housing officers, police officers etc). Find out more about the qualification at the training section of the Women’s Aid website


Organisations Offering Training Around Gender-Based Violence to Businesses

For information on a number of training opportunities please see:

Flyer for pool DV in Workplace training Flyer for pool DV in Workplace training

Training Info for Businesses


BSCB(Bristol Safeguarding Children Board) Training

Bristol Safeguarding Children Board is committed to providing a comprehensive and effective training programme to all agencies within Bristol.

The programme aims to increase knowledge and skills in  child protection and safeguarding in order to provide high quality services and improve outcomes for children, young people and their families and carers.

Please follow the link below for more information about BSCB Training and for an application form to book a place.