Tag Archives: Domestic Abuse

Advance – Domestic Violence and Abuse Charity


Email:   georgia.j@advancecharity.org.uk
Tel No:  020 8741 7008
Website: http://advancecharity.org.uk

Borough: RBKC, WCC and LBHF

Provision Summary:
Advance is a domestic abuse project offering support to women and girls residing in the tri-borough (Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea) who are experiencing abuse from their current partner, ex-partner and/or family members. This includes physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse, as well as harmful practices such as so-called ‘honour-based’ violence, FGM and forced marriage.

Advance’s offering includes a specialist service for young women: a Young Person’s IDVA, who works with women and girls aged 13-25. The Young Person’s IDVA offers a crisis intervention, advocacy and support service, whilst ensuring the voice of young person informs every stage of the process. The Young Person’s IDVA also works in partnership with key agencies, youth services and communities to improve their awareness of domestic violence and its impact on young people.

Target Group: Secondary Schools

Cost implication for the school: Free

Child First: Safe Child Contact, Saves Lives

Nineteen Child Homicides – What must change so children are put first in child contact arrangements and the family courts.

This report from Women’s Aid, examines child contact, supervised and unsupervised, in domestic abuse cases and evidences the level of risk it poses to children. The report uses homicides for the purpose of this particular research.

Nineteen Child Homicides tells the stories of 19 children who were killed by a parent who was also a perpetrator of domestic abuse, in circumstances relating to child contact (formally or informally arranged). The focus is on children but, in some of these cases, women were also killed. The blame for these killings lies with the perpetrators. However, the report concludes that these cases demonstrate failings that need to be addressed to ensure that the family courts, Child and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), children’s social work and other bodies actively minimise the possibility of further harm to women and children.

To read the report click on the link: Child First – Nineteen Child Homicides Report

The Expect Respect Educational Toolkit

The Expect Respect Educational Toolkit from Woman’s Aid consists of one easy to use ‘Core’ lesson for each year group from reception to year 13 and is based on themes that have been found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse.

Although the Expect Respect Education Toolkit is targeted for use by teachers within schools, it can just as easily be used by a range of other professionals working with children and young people in a variety of settings such as youth clubs or play schemes. You do not need to download the whole toolkit. You can just download the introductory section and the year that is appropriate to the age group you are working with.

Click on the link for further details and to download the toolkit: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/what-we-do/safer-futures/expect-respect-educational-toolkit/

Domestic Abuse Awareness and Prevention & RSE Training


Target Schools:    All Westminster Schools
For Attention of:  All school staff including School Nurses
Location: Individual School premises
Provider: Health Education Partnership

Booking:  All training is available free to all Westminster school staff.
To book, please email: viktorija.zdanoviciute@healtheducationpartnership.com.

Aims of the training:

  • Increased awareness of the dynamics of an abusive relationship;
  • Increased understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on children, including coercive control;
  • Increased staff confidence in talking to pupils, parents and each other about domestic abuse and healthy/unhealthy relationships openly and safely;
  • Improved knowledge of the support services available to those experiencing domestic abuse and those living with domestic abuse.



Target Schools:    All Westminster Schools
For Attention of:  All staff, especially Headteachers, PSHE Coordinators, Healthy School Leads, SENCos, Safeguarding Leads, School Nurses
Dates: 1st of October 2019
Location:  The Grey Coat Hospital, Greycoat Place, Westminster, London SW1P 2DY
Provider:  Health Education Partnership

Booking:  All training is available free to all Westminster school staff.
To book, please use the following link: https://www.research.net/r/BookingForm_ConfidentDeliveryofRSE

Aims of the training:

  • To improve an understanding of good practice in Relationships and Sex education (RSE)
  • To build on existing knowledge of the dynamics of domestic abuse, including signs and symptoms and definition.
  • To improve an overall understanding of the new draft RSE guidance, including making the links between the guidance and domestic abuse.
  • To improve confidence to use a range of resources to support delivery of lessons on domestic abuse and healthy relationships.
  • To create an action plan to improve current whole school approach to domestic abuse.