Do you need support with a project you are undertaking? I am able to offer expertise and guidance, drawing on my frontline experience and my overview of the national picture and emerging ideas in the domestic abuse field. This could be support with candidate selection, report writing, development of new services or evaluation of current services. I also collaborate with a number of specialists for some training and consultancy projects.
Below are summaries of some of my past projects, please contact me to discuss your particular project and individual needs.
You & Co: Effective Support for Children Affected by Domestic Violence and Relationship Abuse for Victim Support. (Published: London, Victim Support 2015)
In 2014 I interviewed project workers, referring agencies, parents and the children and young people who had accessed the support of the domestic violence and relationship abuse project workers in 4 pilot areas in the UK. The themes that emerged from those interviews form a series of 10 briefings which outline practice issues and examples of promising practice. The briefings are available to order from the You & Co team.
LGBT Consortium round table for the Government Equality Council: LGBT domestic abuse
Working on behalf of and with LGBT Consortium to plan and facilitate a consultation event on the topic of domestic abuse in LGBT relationships. This event will highlight the key areas for development, in order to influence future Government policy.
Make A Change: group work with vulnerably housed men.
For a housing charity, I developed a pilot course for men who have experienced homelessness, allowing participants to address negative behaviour patterns relating to addiction, offending, mental health and relationships, whilst improving self esteem and sense of identity and developing life skills. The commissioner report that there was; “an increase in meaningful occupation and quality of life. The pilot programme had a high completion rate and the men noted an improvement in self confidence, learning new skills, motivation and sense of achievement“. The commissioner also noted that the men had opted to attend the group rather than go on a field trip being offered on the same day. Following the course, one participant stated that “We’ve all got a lot out of the course I think, we wouldn’t have kept coming back otherwise“.
Train the trainer courses (various)
I have developed train the trainer courses for a number of clients, ensuring that their key messages are reflected in the training design. Working with the commissioners I’ve been able to suggest additional content to ensure that the training meets the needs of their audiences.
I have been invited to speak at a number of events and conferences on various aspects of domestic abuse.