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Online training

Covid-19 response to face to face training

Reducing the Risk has delivered training online since May 2020 in order to equip professionals, volunteers and individuals in the community with the confidence and knowledge to recognise domestic abuse, respond safely to those experiencing abuse, and record and refer appropriately. With demand for further training, and a third lockdown, we are now offering 4 training modules to meet the needs of those in our network in various roles.

Introduction to Domestic Abuse

Pre-requisites: None.

Suitable for: Anybody (excluding trained Domestic Abuse Champions and those who completed DA Awareness 90-minute training between May – August 2020 – please see below for further training opportunities).

Duration: 1 hour of pre-training materials to complete in your own time followed by a 3-hour (with breaks!) Zoom training.

Dates: Monday’s (09:30 – 12:30) through February, Monday’s (09:30 – 12:30) and Wednesday’s (13:00 – 16:00) through March

This free half-day training provides an introduction to domestic abuse and coercive control and is designed for individuals who encounter people who may be experiencing domestic abuse, whether in their work (whether paid or voluntary) or in their personal lives (neighbours, friends, family or colleagues).

The aim is to increase knowledge and confidence in the community so that those experiencing domestic abuse receive appropriate and timely support. Content will include what constitutes domestic abuse in the UK, the crime of Coercive and Controlling behaviour, tactics of coercive control, introduction to stalking, indicators someone is experiencing abuse and in particular indicators of serious harm, how to help and how to do this during Covid-19.

More information and sign-up here

Impact on Children and Families

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Domestic Abuse (as above) OR DA Awareness 90-minute training (ran online May – August 2020). You can sign up to attend if you are booked/booking onto the Introduction module (above) as long as you complete them in order.

Suitable for: Anybody (excluding trained Domestic Abuse Champions – please see Champs Refresher and DASH training below).

Duration: 1 hour of pre-training materials to complete in your own time followed by a 3-hour (with breaks!) Zoom training

Dates: Wednesday’s (13:00 – 16:00) through February, Tuesday’s (13:00 – 16:00) and Friday’s (09:30 – 12:30) through March 

This free half-day training offers a deeper exploration of the dynamics of domestic abuse, including the impact domestic abuse has on victims and children. It will include types of partner violence, inter-relationships, impact on child development, and the complexities of leaving an abusive relationship.

More information and sign-up here

DA Champion Refresher

Pre-requisites: Domestic Abuse Champions training (doesn’t matter when you trained)

Suitable for: Trained Domestic Abuse Champions

Duration: You will need to complete 90 minutes of pre-reading, watching, and listening (which will be sent by email) ahead of a 90-minute Zoom training to allow for questions and interactive discussion and learning.

Dates: 13:00 – 16:00 Thursday’s 11th Feb, 25th Feb, 11th March, 25th March

This free training provides a basic refresher for all our DA Champions. Our trained Domestic Abuse Champions come from all agencies and networks. They will have completed two days of in-person training (in some areas this may have been split into different modules over a couple of separate days – but is the same content).

The aim is to revisit the original training to update knowledge and increase confidence so that those experiencing domestic abuse receive appropriate and timely support.

More information and sign-up here

DASH Training

Pre-requisites: A good understanding of domestic abuse, whether you are a trained DA Champion, or have completed the Introduction to Domestic Abuse (as above), DA Awareness 90-minute training, or similar.

Suitable for: Professionals in Thames Valley ONLY

Duration: 10 hrs of training over 4 weeks (2.5 hrs/session). You will need to commit to the course, as spaces are limited. If you have any questions, please email:


Course 1 09:30 – 12:00 Tuesday’s 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd February 2021

Course 2 09:30 – 12:00 Tuesday’s 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd March 2021


  • To review the basic issues around domestic abuse
  • To increase understanding of the DASH 2009 risk identification checklist.
  • To ensure awareness of police DASH
  • To assess and manage risk of serious harm
  • To increase confidence in using and advising colleagues around SafeLives DASH RIC as well as the subsets of questions for so-called “Honour” H-DASH and stalking- S-DASH

More information and sign-up here

We need your help to continue our work reducing the risk of domestic abuse. Find out more about how you can get involved!