“We know that communities are often the first to know about abuse, and that they can act as gate openers or gate closers in terms of help seeking.”

(Finding the Costs of Freedom report, 2014)

Many survivors are not engaged formally with services at all, and their opportunities to disclose abuse are limited to the community around them. Often, the first person that a survivor speaks to is a friend, family member or neighbour. But lack of understanding and fear can prevent people from responding in a helpful and appropriate way.

The ask me scheme will break the silence about domestic abuse within a community, and remove the barriers that make it hard for survivors to tell others about their experiences.

The ask me scheme offers a free two-day training course to inspire community members to become an ask me ambassador’. The ask me ambassadors will share the learning with their friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and challenging myths, stereotypes and victim-blaming attitudes in their community. They will learn how to respond to a disclosure and about the expert services they can signpost people to for help.

Some ask me ambassadors may go onto to create an ask me site, creating a space in the community such as a community centre, high street shop or café where survivors can access advice and information from.

There are two reasons for signing up for ask me:

• you might be an individual who has great reach into your local community; or
• you might be part of a business, signing up on behalf of your site.

What is the role of an ask me ambassador?

Ask me ambassadors are not certified domestic abuse practitioners. If an ambassador would like to take their learning further, or are interested in working for the movement of ending domestic abuse, please visit our National Training Centre site to find out how you can train to be a Domestic Abuse Prevention Advocate or join our Register of Practitioners.

Join the scheme

Do you want to support survivors in your local area? Check out our training programme here.

Ambassador training area

Already attended our ask me training? Find resources to help you in your role as an ambassador here.

Already attended our 'ask me' training?

We'd love to hear from you!

Using your personal information

The personal information you give us will be used to help us make decisions on which organisations we approach to become an ask me site and for statistical analysis.

Your information will be kept on our database and shared with the local council and specialist domestic abuse service in your local pilot area.

To understand more about how we will use your data please read our Privacy Policy: www.womensaid.org.uk/privacy-cookie-policy

For further information on how your information is used and how we maintain the security of your information, please contact: [email protected]

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