Our Qualifications

Our qualifications are designed to develop and sharpen the professional skills of advocates who work in many different roles in the field of domestic abuse. Practitioners completing the qualifications are expected to develop a range of skills (in addition to working with high risk) that match the needs of survivors in a holistic way.

We offer two levels of fully accredited qualifications in Tackling and Preventing Domestic and Sexual Violence/Abuse:

What do the qualifications cover?

The training adheres to feminist principles established over the course of 40 years of direct work with survivors of domestic abuse in refuge and other Women’s Aid services. They articulate the Women’s Aid model of a needs-led approach, working at all levels of risk with the explicit purpose of producing change that lasts for survivors and their children.

For this reason, the qualifications cover areas such as:

  • Violence against women and girls in a global and historical context
  • Children and young people and domestic abuse
  • Specialist services and responses to domestic abuse survivors
  • Understanding the short- and long-term impacts of domestic abuse on survivors and their children

The courses also incorporate new developments in the field, such as the criminalisation of coercive control.

Please note that no responsibility can be taken for travel or hotel costs where training is in person. Where training is not viable to deliver in person it will be postponed or moved online.

Information for employers

Training is an investment in your staff’s professional development and growth, however Training and Education recognises that training and qualifications have cost implications for services.

Did you know that we can come to you?

If you have a minimum of six members of staff, can release them for the 10 required training days for the Certificate, and are interested in cutting the additional costs of travel, hotels and subsistence, please contact Training and Education to find out more.

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