Greater range professionals being trained to spot DA
A series of initiatives around the UK is spreading the net of those with the skills to spot victims of domestic abuse.
The Safer Lincolnshire Partnership is inviting hairdressers, beauticians and estate agents to a meeting in 13 February to learn how to spot the signs of domestic abuse.
The organisation’s domestic abuse coordinator, Jade Sullivan, said: “We know the relationship between these professionals and their clients is often close and the professionals can potentially help spot the signs of abuse that others might not see.
“Survivors have told us they have made visits to estate agents and have trusted them with their plans to try to break free from abuse.”
The Lincolnshire initiative is part of the #cutitout campaign which originated in Norwich after Kerri McAuley confided in her hairdresser in 2017 that she feared her abusive boyfriend would kill her. Three weeks later he did.
In London, more GPs are to be trained how to spot signs of domestic violence and so offer earlier help to victims. The city’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is investing £1 million to expand training to 17 London boroughs from 10. The VRU brings together specialists from health, police, local government, probation and community organisations to tackle violent crime and its underlying causes.
Meanwhile Nottinghamshire Police is refreshing training for all frontline officers. The Domestic Abuse Matters course is being delivered by Women’s Aid to provide policemen and women with an enhanced understanding of abuse and how to spot the signs when on duty. The training covers the latest legal updates and emerging practice including understanding the signs of coercive abuse and stalking.