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.