Supporting refugee and asylum-seeking women who have experienced sexual violence

Bristol 19th, 20th November 2019 & 28th, 29th January 2020

A two-day course for professionals.

Learn about the context in which sexual violence can occur, identify the signs and understand how to respond.

Who is it for?

Practitioners who work with refugee and asylum-seeking women as part of their day-to-day role, including:

  • Sexual and/or domestic violence professionals – e.g. ISVAs, SARC workers, IDVAs, refuge workers, outreach or support workers
  • New practitioners or volunteers in refugee and asylum-seeking services
  • Counsellors or therapists
  • Other professionals, such as social workers, health professionals and police officers, housing officers

Please note:

This course does not cover access to public funds, housing or community care services

This course is not immigration advice and will not equip attendees to provide immigration advice

Module 1: Legal and institutional issues

This module will introduce the legal framework of the UK asylum system and look at the problems RAS women who have experienced sexual violence may face when negotiating the asylum process.

We will also discuss different forms of gender-based and sexual violence and look at the migration routes of asylum-seeking survivors of sexual abuse.

Module 2: Social and cultural issues

Module 2 will:

  • examine RAS women’s experiences of VAWG and SV and will consider some of the reasons why women may be unable or unwilling to disclose.
  • will also look at cultural issues: what culture is and what it means? How we approach cultural issues? How can we challenge cultural attitudes towards GBV?

Module 3: Managing individual conversations with RAS women and self-care strategies

Module 3 will:

  • consider how to and when to talk to RAS women about SGBV: techniques and approaches:
  • will also examine vicarious trauma and consider self-care strategies for professionals.

Module 4: Practical casework skills: access to asylum support, healthcare and legal aid; signposting victims to services; building local referral pathways

Module 4 will:

    • examine the asylum support system
    • address access to healthcare
    • look at access to immigration legal aid
    • examine casework best practice, including referrals, case notes, information sharing and management, confidentiality and safeguarding
    • discuss building local case management pathways, partnership working, and designing multi-disciplinary teams

Licensed from the University of Bristol, and developed as part of an EU-funded project, the training is for practitioners working with refugee or asylum-seeking (RAS) women who have experienced sexual gender-based violence.


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Date/Time
Date(s) - 19/11/2019 - 20/11/2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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