News from RtR

Keeping Professionals Safe


Whilst delivering our Domestic Abuse Champion Training a few weeks ago, we got a query about safety planning.

We had been talking about helping survivors settle into a new area and ensuring the Electoral Register was considered (they need to contact the Electoral Office at the local council).

Animal Abuse & Domestic Abuse

Most of us appreciate the links between animal abuse and domestic abuse and this is highlighted in the following excerpt of an article from Kent Online.

Training in Transactional Analysis

We often talk about TA whilst training our Champions with Karpman's Drama and Winners' Triangle.

One of Reducing the Risk's old friends, Rosemary, is offering training on this concept.

Autumn is associated with a time for new learning for many people

At TAworks we choose to start our programmes in February to give people time to think about what they really want to learn!

Training Events with AVA

Complicated matters: The links between experiences of domestic & sexual violence, substance use & mental ill-health (CPD Accredited)

Date- 08 Nov 2017: Location: The Pavillion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham GL51 6PN- 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Price range: £80.00 - £120.00

Oxford against Cutting & Friends Sing Out!

Oxford student a cappella group ‘In The Pink’ has released a new charity song to support Oxford Against Cutting.


Released to coincide with the International Day of the Girl Child on Wednesday 11th October 2017 the new song ‘Together We Stand’, has been written by In The Pink to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with FGM survivors. 

Sad case in Chepstow

I found this interesting case in an article in the Daily Mirror.

Whether this was a suicide pact or a domestic homicide, it is  a very sad case but the article makes interesting reading. 

First Power to Change Course in Oxford


We have just heard that the Oxfordshire DA Service (run by A2 Dominion) are in planning stage for their first group using the Power to Change Programme. This will replace their delivery of the Freedom Programme (though they can still be found running in many areas).

Victim Support are Recruiting Bank Staff

Victim Support is looking for bank staff across England and Wales to help people affected by crime. Here is a message from VS:

We are facing many new challenges and opportunities for developing and delivering our services nationwide, and are looking for outstanding people to drive the organisation forward and share its passion in wanting to make a difference in people’s lives.

Petition for Stalkers

The Daily Mirror has been supporting Palladin in a petition urging the UK Government to create a national register of stalkers. So far the petition has attracted 130,000 signatures and the issues are being debated shortly in the House of Lords.

Specifically, Paladin are making the following recommendations:

Working with Stalkers

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, which runs the National Stalking Helpline, has today announced that it has secured funding from the Police Transformation Fund, via the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC), for a pioneering project working with perpetrators of stalking.

Ignorance is Bliss

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toledo has been causing more unrest in Spain than that covered in the media.

Braulio Rodriguez told his congregation in Toledo, Spain, that wives could also escape being physically abused by not asking their husbands for a divorce; he told his congregation that wives could avoid being hit by doing what they are told.

Our Fundraising event

Seeking Volunteers

Calling all DA Champions! Please note that Friday December 15, 2017 is going to be an event not to be missed!

Introducing Kaliedoscope

I have already mentioned the fantastic group of new DA Champions that are now working in Slough and several were from local faith groups.

Welcoming our first DA Champs in Slough

We have been busy in the last few weeks with new Champions popping up in all our areas of involvement. If you are new to the role of being a DA Champion and just experienced our training, then a very warm welcome. 


You cannot beat ignorance

We often hear of people who ought to know better not understanding the intricate complexities of domestic abuse. This has been levelled at judges and commissioners of services to frontline workers in many professions but what of the general population? This was highlighted in Belfast last week after a pub called Ribs & Bibs displayed this notice:

US Consider legal changes over parole and DA

I found this interesting article in the Independent concerning OJ Simpson's possible release from prison after 9 years of a 33 year sentence- here are some excerpts:

A Nevada politician has proposed a domestic violence bill that might have kept former football star OJ Simpson behind bars.

DART Solo: a new tool for practitioners

DART Domestic Abuse Reference ToolMany of you may have heard in recent DA Champion training of the Homicide Triad. This is taken from the Domestic Abuse Reference Tool. It was originally developed as a tool for police officers and a growing number of forces use it.

It has now been adapted for general use in the community as a phone app called DART Solo. This means that we can all (with an iPhone) purchase a copy and refer to it. We particularly like the questionnaire for practitioners on the interactive button. We have been reviewing this tool and thoroughly recommend it to any of our DA Champions. 

Nicole Kidman talks about DA

Nicole Kidman received the best lead actress Emmy this week for her role as Celeste in HBO's drama Big Little Lies. In her acceptance speech, Ms Kidman said she was grateful for the opportunity to depict the brutal reality of gendered violence. She went on, “Sometimes when you’re acting, you get a chance to bring a bigger message - we shine a light on domestic abuse. It is a complicated, insidious disease that exists far more than we allow ourselves to know."

Australian Anglican Church Apologises

With growing numbers of our Domestic Abuse Champions coming from a variety of Faith Groups, I found an Australian article that illustrates the importance of such awareness. Although this is one faith group the same could be said for many.

The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Anglican Church of Australia has issued a “heartfelt apology” to victims of domestic abuse for failures in teaching and pastoral care to support victims and hold perpetrators to account. Last week the province’s General Synod approved a motion committing the church to study the prevalence of domestic violence inside the church, and agreed to look at professionally designed and independent research into the nature and extent of domestic violence amongst Anglicans.

Joint targeted Area Inspections on domestic abuse

A new report has been published today on the effects of DA on children. This report looks at options available in different areas and also questions whether perpetrators are brought to account enough, something many of us acknowledge. It underlines the need for practitioners to engage on a personal level over a long period with victims and develop a trusting relationship.

It makes interesting reading and we would encourage any professional to consider the cases cited and question whether their organisation might react in the same way.


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