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:

Free Modern Slavery Workshop

Modern slavery is happening in Bristol today, often in plain sight. Are you confident that you would recognise it if you saw it happening?  Would you know how to respond to victims while keeping them safe?

Bristol based charity Unchosen are offering free 2 hour workshops suitable for all professionals working in our city.  Participants will develop an awareness of what modern slavery might look like in their communities, as well as their working life, and what they can do about it.

This training is particularly recommended for all local authority employees as they have a statutory duty to take action when they identify victims of modern slavery and the workshop will explain this process.

Participants will develop an awareness of:

    • What modern slavery is and how it works (forced labour, criminal or sexual exploitation
    • The National Referral Mechanism, local authority employees statutory duties, and the role of First Responders
    • What to do when faced with a potential victim
    • Understanding local provision. DATES: 


2 sessions available on each date – 10:00 – 12:00 or 13:00 – 15:00

To book a place please go to: goo.gl/Wweags   – one ticket per person – each person will need to book separately.

Unchosen are a national charity who specialise in using film to show the public, professionals and vulnerable groups what modern slavery looks like in the UK. Go to www.unchosen.org.uk


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.


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