Domestic abuse affects around 2 million people every year in the UK, and with domestic violence related murders at a 5 year high, recognising and responding to domestic abuse has never been more critical.
It is recognised that COVID-19 and lockdown has led to a significant increase in the number of domestic abuse cases. Victims may struggle to come forward to seek the support they need. What can be done to help these individuals?
Those who work with the public in education, health and social care are well-placed to recognise and respond to domestic abuse concerns. However, escalating concerns and managing these difficult situations can be challenging.
Effective training for all is essential to help victims find the support and understanding they need.
The Domestic Abuse training game, developed by leading academics at Sheffield University and reviewed by Safe Lives UK, helps staff spot warning signs of domestic abuse; and equips them with the confidence, and knowledge to respond effectively.
“Safe Lives has reviewed the content of this domestic abuse game, and we support its use within a safe training environment. We believe that domestic abuse is everybody’s business and that the more people are aware of the different forms it can take; the more people can be supported to safety and long-term wellbeing. Knowing the signs also increases the opportunity to hold those perpetrate abuse to account”
Played in a safe training environment, the game creates an opportunity for health and social care professionals to explore the complex concept of domestic violence and abuse, and will help them to become effective and empathetic practitioners.
The Domestic Abuse Training Game allows individuals, in small groups, to explore key topics including:
- Types of abuse
- Signs of domestic abuse
- Impact on health and well-being
- Why people feel like they cannot leave abusive relationships
- Role of the professionals
- How to ask appropriate questions and offer help
- Signposting people to appropriate support