Event Summary

Location

Robins Wood House
Robins Wood Road
Aspley
Nottingham
NG8 3NH

Date and Time

Tuesday 2 November 2021 (09:30 - 15:00)

Cost

£115.00 (£135.00 non-members)

We know that incidents of domestic violence have increased in the last year, hidden behind closed doors as a result of Covid-19. This is the first in a series of events to raise awareness of the different types of abuse and those affected.

This initial event will focus on domestic violence and the abuse of women, with reference to the experiences of young people caught in the middle of abusive parental relationships.

You may be teaching or supporting young people caught in the middle of domestic violence and abuse (DVA), or you may have colleagues or mature students who are currently experiencing DVA. If you want to gain more awareness and a deeper understanding of this complex issue, then this event is for you.

The morning session will explore what constitutes DVA. Key points from the Domestic Abuse Bill (which was written into law in 2021) will be highlighted, along with more recent significant changes recently enacted and currently in development.

The afternoon session will delve into what is hidden from view when we consider DVA and those who have been affected by this crime. This part of the session will provide an insight into how lives are impacted and the subsequent consequences for psychological and emotional health. On a positive note, the session will also indicate how, with long-term specialist support, those who have suffered can move from surviving to thriving.

We are delighted to welcome Hilary Brown, a trainer, qualified therapist and CEO of a local charitable organisation called WERHERE, to deliver this session. Hilary founded WERHERE in 2011 to provide therapeutic services responding to a significant unmet need for a long-term package of holistic support. This includes long-term, trauma-informed, one-to-one therapy for families and individuals of all ages affected by traumatic life events, including domestic violence and abuse. The service has grown since its formation to become a recognised specialist provider of therapeutic services for survivors of DVA.

WERHERE has been awarded membership status of Women’s Aid Federation of England for its work, which focuses on promoting the rebuilding of damaged relationships, the development of a positive new sense of self, and the raising of self-esteem. Hilary is currently working on the creation of a book on the lived experience of survivors of abuse. These survivors have moved away from their abusive relationships and are creating a new future for themselves and their families which is free from fear.

Hilary is passionate about providing CPD to allied professionals and the style of this face-to-face session will be interactive, incorporating group activities, case studies, visual aids and discussions. Examples of rebuilding activities used to work with individuals and families will be shared. In addition, every participant will receive a resource pack containing:

  • examples of poetry and creative pieces produced by both adult and child survivors of DVA
  • further recommended reading
  • a list of agencies who work with survivors at a local and national level.