Domestic Abuse - Professionals


This page contains several e-learning packages available to professionals in the Isle of Wight.  On this page you will also find details of training courses organised and run by the IOW VAWG Strategic Partnership (formerly the IOW Domestic Abuse Forum).

IOW Safeguarding Adult Board Training Courses

Domestic Assault Stalking Harassment and Honour Based Violence Risk Indicator Check (DASH/RIC Form) Training

The Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategic Partnership and Safeguarding Adults Board will be providing training for ‘front line’ service providers/staff (e.g. GP’s, community midwives, nurses, social workers, police, housing) to enable them to assess the level of risk exposed to victims and victims children when receiving disclosures of domestic violence/abuse.

The course will be held on:




Booking Link

Wednesday 23 August 2017

 9:00 - 12:00

 County Hall, Newport

 Course complete

 Tuesday 12 December 2017

 13:00 - 16:00

 County Hall, Newport

 Course complete

 Tuesday 20 February 2018

 09:30 - 12:30

 County Hall, Newport

 To book, please click here


Aims and Objectives of the course will be:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of current Domestic Violence legislation.
  • Identifying risk.
  • Safety planning.
  • Signposting support services.
  • Understanding the function of MARAC.
  • Completion of the DASH Risk Indicator Checklist.
  • Confidentiality and data disclosure.
  • Understanding the function of the MASH.


Domestic Abuse Training

Target Group: All staff including Nursing staff, voluntary sector staff, provider sector, housing, police, mental health workers.

Date: 2017/2018 dates coming soon.

Course Aims:

This free one day course is designed to help define the impact of domestic violence on victims/survivors and understand the difficulties faced by covering the following areas: 

  • How to practice asking, listening and responding to domestic abuse.
  • Identify how to use the DASH risk assessment and apply it to practice.
  • Understand the role of the MARAC in high risk cases.
  • Recognise the importance of safety planning and apply to practice.

Prerequisites: Please complete the e-learning course before attendance.  This can be found by clicking here.

Impact of Sexual Violence and Rape

Date: 16th January 2018 and 6th February 2018, Riverside Centre Newport.

This two day course is presented by CIS'ters, who are a specialist service (run by survivors) providing:

  • a confidential service for adult women who were raped and/or sexually abused/exploited (as girls) by a member of their immediate/extended family;
  • nationally recognised training events (for workers across sectors) on how to improve response to victims/survivors (all ages/genders) of sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.

The aims and objectives of the course are to work on:

  • Definition and prevalence of sexual abuse.
  • Improved response to disclosures and improved response to victims of sexual abuse.

  • Working with victims of historical child sexual abuse.

The intended impact is to improve the response to victims/survivors (all ages/genders) of sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.

To book, please click here.

'Unveiling the psychology that underpins interpersonal trauma and effective professional response to such'

This full day course will be offered on 2 dates in 2018:

Tuesday 30th January 2018, Innovation Centre

Friday 9th March 2018, Riverside Centre

This course will cover the following topics:

·         Introduction to neurobiology of threat  

·         Post trauma - the legacy of interpersonal violation

·         Trauma bonding

·         Help for the helper

If you would like to book a place, please email: – if you work in Children's Services – if you work in any other agency/department

IOW Safeguarding Children Board Training Courses

The LSCB run a variety of excellent courses throughout the year, including:

Raising Awareness of the Toxic Trio

A one day training event for practitioners who work with children, to enable them to examine:

How the toxic trio of parental substance misuse, parental mental illness and domestic abuse co-exist within families. The impact these have on children; how to take the necessary action within their professional duty and role to ensure the child is safe. 

Raising Awareness of Honour Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation 

A half day training event to raise awareness of Honour Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation so that professionals working with children and young people can recognise suspected cases and take the necessary action within their professional duty to ensure that the child or young person is safe. 

Sexually Harmful Behaviour

A half day training event to raise awareness of sexually harmful behaviour.

'Crashing' for Professionals

A performance of 'Crashing' for professionals. AlterEgo’s 'Crashing' is an innovative production, developed out of a growing need to raise awareness of how child sexual exploitation can affect boys and young men.

Full course details and booking information for all courses run by the LSCB can be found on the their website - please click here.

E-Learning Packages

LSCB E-Learning Packages:

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Councils and Safeguarding Children Boards have a variety of over 50 free online courses all at Level 1. For more information and to register, please click here.

Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness:

The Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum has developed an e-learning course in partnership with 3 other local authorities and it is now available to professionals working in the Hampshire County Council area, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight free of charge.

Before you use this course for the first time, you will need to contact to obtain your log in details. 

In your email, please include:

  • Your name.
  • Job title.
  • The organisation that you work for.
  • The department that you work in (e.g. if you work for Hampshire County Council, please specify Adult Services, Children’s Services etc.).
  • The area of Hampshire in which you work (e.g. Test Valley, Eastleigh etc.).

To access the course, please click here.

Once you have completed the course, don’t forget to print out your certificate!

Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHR’s) Online Training Package:

This course is for front line practitioners who will be taking part in Domestic Homicide Reviews.

The course is based on the Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance for the conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews which was established under Section 9 (3) of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.

Click here to access the course

Safeguarding women and girls from violence: free e-learning course for education staff working with 11-18 year olds:

This e-learning module, provided by AVA, will discuss violence against women and girls. This course has been designed for education staff working with children and young people aged between 11-18. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the meaning of violence against women and girls.
  • Respond appropriately to disclosures of violence against women and girls.
  • Actively support AVA’s strategic approach to the prevention of violence against women and girls.

To access the course, please click here

Recognising and Preventing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): E-learning Tool:

The Home Office has produced a new virtual learning package on FGM. Please click here to visit the website for further information.

It is especially aimed at people working in health, the police, education, the border force and children’s services, but is also suitable as an awareness raising tool for all other professionals.

Forced Marriage E-Learning Tool:

The Forced Marriage Unit is developing a new eLearning package to support professionals dealing with forced marriage in the course of their work. If you are interested, email and they will let you know when this becomes available.