University launches new online course to help support victims of domestic violence

Supporting victims of domestic violence

Today (Monday 25 November 2019) is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and to acknowledge this the University has launched a new online course for health and social care workers who work with victims of domestic abuse and violence.

Dr Parveen Ali

Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence is free to sign up and is designed as Continuing Professional Development for health and social care workers. Written and designed by Dr Parveen Ali from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, along with the University’s Digital Learning Team, the course includes a wide range of contributions from professionals who support those at risk from abuse.

Dr Ali said: “We spoke to somebody from just about every area of support, from GPs or police officers who might be first responders, to charities working in local communities and those running government and council programmes helping those at most risk.”

The course aims to help those in professional support roles identify the signs of domestic abuse and guide those at risk through the network of help that is available. Although designed to support health and social care workers, the course is open to anyone who may come into contact with a vulnerable person or victim of domestic abuse. If you provide support to staff or students as part of your role, or if you deal with disclosures or complaints, you may find this course especially helpful.

“You might work on the reception of a doctors surgery or you might work at the highest level of the police force” adds Dr Ali “but you will still be encountering or making decisions that affect some of the most vulnerable people in the country. This course will help you understand the differing types of abuse that exist, the support network available and the best way to communicate with people who are often scared and alone.”

Earlier this year Dr Ali also launched an interactive board game to enhance training on domestic violence and abuse for healthcare professionals including student nurses and midwives.

Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse is free to sign up on the Futurelearn platform, with the option of a paid upgrade to keep access to the material and to evidence your learning for CPD. 

New Report + Support online platform

We also recently launched Report + Support, a secure online platform to make it easier for staff and students to report and gain access to support about harassment, abuse, bullying, sexual violence and discrimination of any kind, including domestic abuse.

If you or anyone you know has experienced domestic or relationship abuse, you can access support or submit a report here.