The ‘community’ is often the first to know about domestic abuse. But lack of understanding and confidence can make people afraid to bring it up, and unsure of how to respond when someone tells them about it.
We are changing that. Our Change That Lasts Ask Me projects are creating teams of Community Ambassadors to raise awareness of domestic abuse and create safe environments so that survivors feel able to speak out. They play a key role in signposting to services that specialise in domestic abuse – the refuges, helplines and outreach services. A Community Ambassador can be anyone who engages with people in their local area – it doesn’t have to be through work.
We are working with local partners including domestic abuse services and councils to provide Community Ambassadors with the knowledge and skills to foster safe communities and have conversations that count. They will help survivors to talk about abuse without fear and shame, and challenge a culture that silences women.
The Change That Lasts Ask Me scheme offers a free two-day training course to inspire community members to become a Community Ambassador. The ambassadors will share what they have learnt with their friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and challenge 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.
There are two reasons for signing up:
• 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 a Community Ambassador?
Community 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.