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


There is a range of training to improve understanding of Violence Against Women and Girls and Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Men Other Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities provided though our partners:

Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

Next Link Domestic Abuse Services offer the following training upon request.

 Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

This workshop aims to support individuals to:

  • Effectively assess and respond to domestic abuse – asking the question?
  • Increase understanding of the impact of domestic  abuse on women and children
  • Increase  understanding of the barriers facing victims/survivor of domestic abuse
  • Challenge myths and stereotypes that impact victims/survivors of domestic abuse
  • Increase awareness of  available services for victims/survivors of Domestic Abuse
  • Gain knowledge of domestic abuse and coercive control  legislation
  • Gain Knowledge of legal, criminal and housing options for victim/survivors of domestic abuse.



Sexual Violence and the Criminal Justice System

This workshop aims to support individuals to:


  • Effectively and appropriately respond to disclosures of sexual violence and abuse.
  • Increase understanding of the impact of sexual violence and abuse on women, men and children
  • Increase  understanding of the barriers facing victims/survivor of sexual violence
  • Challenge myths and stereotypes that impact victims/survivors of sexual violence and abuse
  • Increase understanding of the criminal justice system in relation to sexual violence
  • Gain Knowledge of services and support for victims/survivors across Avon and Somerset.
  • The role of an ISVA




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.

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

To book a place/ for further details please email: dvmaracbristol@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk

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

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.

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


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

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.



BSCB Training- Domestic Abuse and Child Protection 

Domestic Abuse and Child Protection

BSCB application form 2018 -19


Unseen Slavery and Trafficking Training  

The course aims to provide frontline professionals with an initial interaction with the issue of slavery. 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.


Opoka Training 2017 – 2018 for Working with Polish Women

If you are a Professional who works directly or indirectly with Polish Women and would like to learn more about our service, how we work and how we can support you to help Polish Women – this awareness session is for you!

Opoka-Bristol Information and Awareness Workshop – Half Day Session 12.30 pm – 3.30pm

Places are free. Follow the link below to apply for a place;


Supporting refugee and asylum-seeking women who have experienced sexual violence

A Free two day course for professionals. For more information please follow link below.

Supporting victims of sexual violence



Rape and Sexual Assault: How to Respond to Disclosure

Does your job mean that someone might tell you they have been raped or sexually assaulted?

Do you know what to do in that situation? How does the thought make you feel? Would you like to know how to make sure they receive the best possible care and advice?

The Bridge Sexual Assault Referral Centre is offering free training sessions in Bath, Taunton, Bridgwater, Weston-Super-Mare, Yeovil and Bristol

 There will be presentations by a specialist counsellor, a crisis worker and a forensic medical examiner so that the session will equip you with an understanding of:


  • How your patient or client might behave, the reasons for that behaviour and how you can best respond
  • what medical and sexual health needs to consider
  • what support is available and how to access it
  • the police reporting process
  • the process for collecting forensic samples with and without police involvement.



Location: Date: To register please reply to this email and enter your name, organisation, role, email and telephone number next to your preferred date and location.


Bath- New Oriel Hall Wednesday 28th March 2018


Taunton – Albemarle Centre Wednesday 4th April 2018


Bridgwater- Victoria Park

(Park Suite)

Wednesday 11th April 2018


Weston-Super-Mare- The Campus Wednesday 18th April 2018


Yeovil – Abbey Manor Community Centre Wednesday 25th April 2018


Bristol- The Bridge Wednesday 2nd May 2018


Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so book soon to avoid disappointment.



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