Change That Lasts Ask Me scheme

 “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)

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.

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:

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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