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.

Current training includes:

Level 2: Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse

Level 3: Specialist indepth training on domestic violence and abuse, including: understanding forced marriage, working with children and young people, and understanding perpetrators.

To book onto any BAVA training, or for more information, click on one of the link below:

NB. Cancelled Training: Please note the following dates for training will not be taking place:

20th July 2015 @ Barton Hill Settlement

14th October 2015 @ Southville Centre,

8th December 2015 @ The Greenway Centre

7th January 2016 @ Symes Community Centre

9th March 2016 @ Vassall Centre


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 Princess House, Princess Street, Bedminster from 9.30am – 12.30.

14th October 2014

13th January 2015

21st April 2015

7th July 2015

20th October 2015

To book onto this course or for further details please email dvmaracbristol@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or phone 0117 9529455.

Domestic abuse training for early years practitioners

This is a beginners introduction to supporting parents and children in early years settings who are experiencing domestic abuse. This free training is 2.5 hours and delivered by a multi-agency trainers network. Course information for 2013. Contact bava@bristol.gov.uk

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.

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.

Domestic abuse training for students

NHS Bristol offers domestic abuse training for students including midwives, health visitors and doctors. Contact bava@bristol.gov.uk for details.

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 carers (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@gmail.com.

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