Inspire staff gain valuable insight and understanding

Today UK SAYS NO MORE offered free training to raise awareness around ending Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Around 30 Inspire Mental Health Consortium and Hesita staff members attended the training and received valuable insight from guest speakers; Lyndsey Dearlove [the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Partnership Manager at Hestia] and Pamela Zaballa [the Head of Women and Children Services – Policy at Hestia].

The event started by testing attendees’ knowledge on the statistics of Domestic Violence and sexual assault (according to the Office for National Statistics).

Inspire Project Coordinator Amy Colwill described this as, “very eye opening and a good way to start the event”.

Attendees were then informed about the different types of Domestic Violence and statements about who, how and why people commit Domestic Violence which surprisingly challenged some common stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding the topic. The day’s topics also covered:

  • How Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault can affect mental health?
  • How to do a risk assessment a situation if it has occurred?
  • How to respond when people disclose a matter of concern?
  • Different models that can be used when working with victims of Domestic Violence.
  • Civil and legal remedies and how issues that affect Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault cases?

Later in the day additional people also attended to get involved in the networking part of the event including; volunteers from Inspire Mental Health Consortium, members of the community and 2 police officers.

For more information or if you have been affected by Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault and need help please visit UK SAYS NO MORE’S website at the following web address