Domestic abuse in homelessness settings

Monday, 12 October 2020
Online | 10.00am-11.30am

This course will provide an introduction to domestic abuse, for professionals working in a range of homelessness settings. By using case studies and drawing on the lived experience of service users, the course will explore the complexities of identifying and responding to domestic abuse in these settings, where service users are likely to be experiencing multiple disadvantages.

What will you learn?

Module 1: What is domestic abuse?

  • Definitions
  • Coercive control and how to spot it in homelessness settings
  • The dynamics of perpetration: how perpetrators perpetrate
  • Who is doing what to who?

Module 2: Recognising barriers, and challenging assumptions around domestic abuse.

  • The impact of domestic abuse
  • Challenging assumptions
  • The interplay between domestic abuse and other forms of disadvantage
  • Barriers to getting help

Module 3: What can I do to help? Responding to domestic abuse.

  • Asking clients about abuse
  • Assessing risk and safety planning
  • Report and refer: the role of MARAC, specialist services etc.

Delegates will already have many of the basic skills needed to respond to domestic abuse. This course will build on those existing skills, increasing delegates’ confidence to respond, and providing them with practical tips and tools that they can use in their everyday working practice. 

Delegates will learn:

  • The definitions of domestic abuse and coercive control and how to identify these in your service
  • How domestic abuse interacts with other forms of disadvantage, and how this creates barriers to disclosure and support
  • How to feel more confident working out who is doing what to whom, and have better awareness of perpetrators in your services
  • How to feel more confident talking with survivors about abuse, identifying risk and taking action e.g. referring on, safety planning etc.

Please note: due to the sensitive nature of this training course, delegates may feel anxious or upset by some of the course content, particularly if it relates to their own experiences. It is essential that they are aware of the course content beforehand, in order to be emotionally prepared for the day. Please ensure that all delegates read this course outline ahead of the training. They will be able to step out during the session if needed. There is no requirement for delegates to share personal experiences on this course.

Who is this course for?

  • Frontline homelessness workers with basic or limited knowledge of domestic abuse
  • Frontline homelessness workers with little experience in the field
  • Staff from other sectors who have contact with people experiencing homelessness or people with complex needs.


How our online training courses work: Each course subject consists of 3 live interactive training modules, which will take place over 3 consecutive weekly installments. The course will be tailored to address the needs of the sector during COVID-19. When you sign up, you will be signing up for all 3 modules.

We ask for a commitment from delegates to attend all 3 sessions. Sessions are not recorded, and slides will not be available until all 3 sessions have taken place.

Module 1: Monday, 12 October 2020 | 10.00am-11.30am

Module 2: Monday, 19 October 2020 | 10.00am-11.30am

Module 3: Monday, 26 October 2020 | 10.00am-11.30am


£75.00 per person - all three modules are included in this price

Payment can be made by card via PayPal. For bookings of 3 or more places, an invoice can be raised - please email to make bookings to be invoiced. We are unable to take requests for invoicing for fewer than 3 people for our online training.

This course is also available to be booked for staff teams of up to 20 people, to be delivered online "in-house" in live interactive sessions on dates to suit your organisation.

Please contact or telephone James on 07375 042 815​ for more information. Prices are from £850 for up to 20 staff members.


For individual/small group bookings for the dates above - Book your place