It can be difficult to know what to say or do when someone tells you they are experiencing domestic or sexual abuse. And we know that your response matters to survivors, and could make all the difference in what happens next.
Drawing on over 40 years’ experience providing frontline services to people who have experienced domestic and sexual violence, Solace training can help you develop the confidence to respond to survivors and support them to the next step in their journey to a life free from violence and abuse.
Find out more below about our impact learning sessions, half and full day training courses, as well as bespoke training and consultancy options.
Half and full day training courses
Our courses are informed by our person-centred, trauma informed approach to working with clients, helping you build your skills in supporting survivors.
It can be hard to know what to do when someone tells you that they are experiencing domestic abuse, but knowing how to respond can make all the difference. We know that people from all walks of life can be affected by domestic abuse, and that being able to talk to someone can make all the difference.
This course will help you develop your understanding of what domestic abuse is, what it looks like and how to respond, so you can be a vital source of support for survivors.
You will learn:
- The definitions and dynamics of domestic abuse
- How it impacts on survivors and the barriers to reporting and disclosing abuse
- How to support disclosures of abuse and access to ongoing services
Aimed at those working directly with survivors in a range of contexts, this course will enable participants to develop their understanding of domestic abuse, its prevalence and impacts, and the skills to confidently identify and respond to survivors, conduct risk assessments and safety plans, and support women and their children to positive outcomes.
You will learn:
- The barriers for survivors in disclosing domestic abuse and engaging with services
- How survivors are impacted by trauma and what that means for your practice
- Practical, survivor-centred tools and strategies for engaging survivors to access support
- How to effectively assess risk and safety plan
The extent of sexual harassment and sexual violence has been revealed in recent months, from Hollywood to Westminster, survivors have found the courage to speak up against sexual predators and voice their experiences. But what happens to them next? How do they recover and move on from their experiences? And what can you do if you know someone who has been affected?
Developed and delivered by experienced trainers who work on the frontline, supporting survivors from crisis to recovery, our training is for anyone who comes into contact with survivors, be it a client, colleague or friend, to help you build your understanding, knowledge and skills to respond and offer support.
You will learn:
- What sexual violence is and the picture of sexual violence in the UK and London
- The myths and misconceptions around sexual violence, and how societal messages impact on survivors and the support they receive
- The impacts of sexual violence and criminal and legal processes
- Practical strategies for recognising and responding to survivors
The voice of children and young people is often missed in cases of domestic abuse. This course will help practitioners build their skills and knowledge around working with children and young people affected by domestic abuse, both whilst still living in abusive environments and post-separation. This course includes practical responses for practitioners working with children and young people to help build the confidence to effectively respond to their needs.
You will learn:
- The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people and their relationship with their parents
How to respond to a child or young person who discloses domestic abuse, and what to do next
How to support children and young people in a holistic and person-centred way
How to signpost and support them to access services
We work with housing providers to help them build the knowledge, skills and tools they need to shape and improve their whole-systems approach to tackling domestic abuse. We draw on our expertise from the extensive work we have done with housing providers across London, and our years of experience providing safe homes for survivors.
Click here to find out more about our training with housing providers.
This training will provide an introduction to stalking, stalking law and stalking perpetrators, and help participants develop practical strategies to advocate for and support victims, and hold perpetrators to account. This workshop is suitable for anyone.
You will learn:
- The difference between stalking and harassment
- Stalking law and types of stalking, including cyber and digital
- Practical strategies to advocate for and support victims, including using the Stalking DASH risk assessment tool
Maintaining and building resilience can be challenging when working in the front-line services of the third and public sector, especially in a climate of growing pressure and limited funding. How do we ensure we do the best by ourselves and the people we support to ensure we can continue our work?
This training will develop an understanding of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and 'burn out', whilst providing practical tools to recognising signs and tackling symptoms. These tools will enable learners to recognise the importance of their own self care, and how this contributes to a sustainable and supportive working environment.
You will learn:
- How to define and recognise the symptoms of Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Traumatisation
- How to identify the importance of maintaining resilience when working in a front-line service
- How to apply tools to consider own reflective practice and self-care
Impact Learning Sessions
We have a series of 60 and 90 minute impact sessions for your staff on a range of hot topics that deliver key messages and learning points, and inform and inspire positive action in the workplace.
Sexual harassment can be difficult to identify, and even more difficult to respond to. This session will help participants learn how to recognise sexual harassment and equip them with different strategies to safely respond and challenge behaviours, when it is happening to them and to someone else.
This workshop looks at the intersection of domestic abuse and the workplace, the impact on productivity, and the safety and wellbeing of survivors and their colleagues at work. Participants will learn practical strategies to effectively support their colleagues.
As the lines between work and home become increasingly blurred, there is increasing pressure on workplaces to meet the wellbeing needs of staff. This session helps participants feel empowered to open up difficult conversations, respond without judgement and support staff towards positive outcomes.
What can we do when we see or hear something that is harmful? How can we find the language, and the confidence, to stand up to oppressive behaviours? This session looks at identifying situations where we might want to intervene, and practical strategies for doing so.
Bespoke Training and Consultancy
Looking for something more tailored to your organisation? We work with clients from all different types of organisations to develop interventions and solutions that suit them.
A strong organisational response to domestic and sexual abuse starts with clear policies and processes that support survivors and the people that support them. Whether you are looking to review existing polices or develop something new, we can support you to develop clear pathways for survivors.
We know that bringing in external facilitators is not always the best option, which is why we offer bespoke train the trainer courses to help facilitators develop their skills around delivering workshops on consent, healthy relationships and various topics related to violence against women and girls. We aim to help facilitators build their knowledge and understanding to confidently discuss key topics, manage challenging questions and safely respond to disclosures from participants.