• Domestic Violence Training, Information & Awareness

    April 2, 2012

    Domestic Violence Advice

    There is so much information out there nowadays regarding domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, gender based violence, violence against women and girls that it is often difficult to see the wood for the trees…

    Everyone considers themselves to be an authority on it whether they have any personal or professional experience at all.

    It is quite frightening that with all the complexities that domestic violence presents that there are individuals out there that feel they are in a position to help someone who is suffering or who has suffered with limited experience and knowledge – often a half day training or a full days training, or through their own personal experience.

    So why isnt domestic violence easy to resolve and why am I concerned about the level of experience of counsellors and support workers out there, not to mention the organisations whose core business is not domestic violence but whom pursue and advertise this work due to the possible funding revenue this work might bring….

    The fact is domestic violence is only an umbrella word which seems so small in essence but in fact covers a multitude of issues, complexities, and problems on several levels. There may be comon themes apparent but each case is unique due to the experiences and circumstances.

    The United Kingdom’s Government definition of domestic violence seems relatively simple:

    “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse [psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional]  between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality’.

    However as a former police officer of sixteen years and specifically nine years spent as a domestic violence officer dealing with all involved in domestic violence the umbrella word can cover any one of the following police offences or several all at once for example:

     “Criminal Damage, Making threats to kill, Indecent assault on a woman, Sexual Assault, Harassment, Making threats to destroy or damage property, Assault occasioning actual bodily harm, Murder, Wounding or grievous bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm etc…, Stalking, Breach of restraining order, Breach of harassment injunction, Rape, Kidnapping, Theft, Aggravated Burglary, Incitement to commit incest, Blackmail, Administering chloroform, Infanticide, Sex with adult relative, Administering drugs to obtain intercourse, Prostitution, Intercourse with an animal, Aggravated Arson, Violent disorder, Assault by penetration, Cruelty to persons under 16, Attempting to choke, suffocate, strangle etc…, Abuse of trust: sexual activity with a child, False imprisonment, Child abduction by other person, Causing death by dangerous driving, Child abduction by connected person, Intimidating a witness, Circumcision of females, Assault with intent to commit buggery, Aggravated criminal damage, Causing miscarriage by poison, instrument etc…, Putting people in fear of violence, Causing sexual activity without penetration, Causing sexual activity with penetration, Administering poison etc so as to endanger life, Causing a child to watch a sexual act, Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life”.

     It is complex by its very nature without the uniqueness of each case…so if you are or have been a victim/survivor of domestic violence please ensure that the Counsellor, Support Worker, Advocate, Organisation has appropriate knowledge and experience and also the skill set to work with you.

    If you require self development training programmes, or specialist domestic violence training/information/awareness again check out whether the individual or organisation has the appropriate knowledge and experience and also the skill set needed.

    About Tina Royles

    Connet with me: Google+ Tina Royles is the UKs leading expert in domestic violence offering Domestic Violence Counselling, Relationship Counselling and Anger as well as Stress Management Counselling. She is one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced domestic violence experts providing consultancy and advice to those who have suffered domestic violence, are currently in violent relationships or to friends and family of those affected. Tina provides the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education and is regularly called upon by the national and local press to provide expert comments on high profile cases. Tina Royles

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