News from RtR

New DA Champ training event released in Abingdon

Anybody in Oxfordshire waiting to train as a DA champion, please note we now have a course running in Ocober in Abingdon.

This means that, although the September course is full, we can now offer places on the following courses. 

  • October 4-5, 2017- Oxfordshire Mind, Abingdon- NEWLY LISTED

  • November 1-2, 2017 - County Hall, Oxford- spaces still available

Save the Date- Champions' Choir

Calling all DA Champions,

Please note that Friday 15th December, 2017 is going to be an event not to be missed.

A few years ago, we held an amazing evening of music and song at Dorchester Abbey to spread awareness of the work Reducing the Risk does. The location is an amazing venue and the event is a great opportunity for DA Champions to come together in a social setting for a great cause. It was so popular that many who came along wanted more - so, we plan to repeat the experience as a fundraising event.

Message from Oxford Against Cutting

Our friends at Oxford Against Cutting are having a new campaign for this year's "Cutting Season". Here's what they have to say on this very important issue:

We hope you have spotted some of our posters!

Welcome to Reducing the Risk

Hello all!

My name's Mandy and I have just joined 'Reducing the Risk' as the Lead for Partnership and Champion Network Development. I've been a Champion of DA for 5 years.

As part of my new role I will be looking to establish the Champion Network in new areas and it would be really useful to hear about any good news stories in relation to your role as a Champion.

Do you know someone who goes that extra mile for victims of DA?

This is a reminder about the John Latham Award 2017

Nominations are still open for nominations for this award and you may know somebody who should be receiving it!

If you work with or know of a person who has made a significat contribution to the safety of victims of domestic abuse within the Thames Valley area- the selection panel want to hear from you!

Jailed after manipulating prison staff


Twenty seven year old, Joe Storey has been convicted of the brutal murder of thirty two year old Kerri McAuley after a night out with her in Norwich in January 2017.

In the same week as this conviction, figures provided by Norfolk police show the number of people arrested following reports of “domestic” incidents have risen by 86% in three years from 2014 to 2017.

Vacancies at ODAS


Our friends at Oxfordshire & West Berks DA Services wanted to let everybody know of TWO vacancies:


Helpline & Access Officer (x2)

Fixed Term Contract (until end of March 2018)


Circa £23,621 per annum (pro rata)

35 hours per week

Repeat DA perpetrator jailed for murder

Credit- West Yorkshire Police

The following is a recent press release from West Yorkshire Police-

A woman has been sentenced to 13 years for the murder of her partner in January this year.

News from Disability Rights UK


We've just had some useful snippets from our friends at Disability Rights UK and wanted to share with you:

Training Event- NCDV- sponsored by Gloucestershire Police


NCDV announce the latest multi-agency training event in Gloucester


Join NCDV at the multi-agency regional training event scheduled to take place in Gloucester on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at 10am, 12 noon & 2pm

In the training we discuss:

Prevent Awareness Week in MK

Here is a message for our DA champions in Milton Keynes

Dear All

Our local PREVENT Week is taking place between 19 – 23 June 2017. A number of activities have been arranged in MK that you and others can attend as part of our local awareness raising.

An appeal from Oxfordshire DA services

Our good friends at ODAS wanted us to promote this appeal:

We are in urgent need of the following good quality items:

  • SOFA


Give as you Live

We are now registered with the Give as you Live website.

This means that you can raise money for us, simply by shopping online. Whether it is Amazon, John Lewis, Tesco or even insurance cover or buying a holiday, you earn a reward which becomes a donation for us.

Bucks' LGBT website is a year old


Thanks Faye (our Queen of DA Champs in Bucks) for letting us know of this important anniversary.

LGBTBucks.org informs Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people about services in and around Buckinghamshire.

It includes national and local information, as well as practical tips and advice. 


Pages include:

No Recourse to Public Funds- latest news

New Home Office services for local authorities 

Options available for immigration status checking and managing NRPF caseloads

Read more>>

Childcare changes will not benefit NRPF families

30 h​ours free childcare for 3 to 4 year olds unavailable to parents with NRPF

Transactional Analysis and DA

Transactional AnalysisThere is often a lot of talk around TA whenever we talk of the dynamics of domestic abuse. 

Another informative Super Network meeting

YeThe Anchor Programmesterday saw our third Super Network (or Network of Networks) at Newbury Council Offices. An amazingly informative overview of the Anchor Project which is a collaborative pilot funded by the Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioners Office. TAP (as it is affactionately known by facilitators and contributors) addresses complex needs within DA cases and looks specifically at mental health. It is facilitated by MH and DA workers together.

The Super Network Meeting heard from an amazing group of very brave graduates from the project. They were incredible ladies and we'd like to thank them for addressing all the DA Champions (and friends) in the room. They all spoke honestly of their journey and praised the support of the facilitators from TAP. Their most important message was that practitioners need to lower their shields and, whilst retaining their professionalism, earn the trust of victims by being more human. This seemed to be the essence of TAP, that facilitators cared enough to walk with their clients and understand the hurdles they faced before helping them cross those hurdles.

Reducing the Risk would also like to thank the speakers yesterday:  Maz, Amanda & Kerry from ODAS, Sarah from Sapiens and Kirren from Reducing the Risk, not simply for telling us what and how they run the project but also the way in which they nurture and empathise with their clients. It was a heartwarming experience to hear of the great impact such a project has had on difficult lives and of the changes it has brought people.

Training to be a DA Champion in Bucks

Buckinghamshire County Council

Due to some recent cancellations, we now have a few spaces on the next DA Champions' training course in Bucks on June 13-14.. 

If you're interested in coming along, please email us (if you've already filled in the application form and are waiting for training dates) or complete the Community Domestic Abuse Champions application form if you haven't already done so.

Here are all the Bucks training dates for the next year:

Vacancy - Finance and Administration Officer

Safe! Support for Young People Affected by Crime Our friends at Safe! are recruiting for a full-time Finance and Administration Officer in their Oxford office (salary: £20,253 - £22,212). The role will include organising the day-to-day finances of the office and providing administrative assistance to all staff in the running of the service. 

See the job description and the person specification on their website for more details. To apply, please send an up to date CV along with a cover letter detailing your interest in the role and how you meet the criteria.

Closing date: Thursday June 8, 2017, 17.00.

Election Manifestos and Domestic Abuse

We're currently being bombarded in the press with various aspects of the major parties' manifestos. We may have heard a lot recently around Brexit and Trident or footing social care bill or student fees. We took the liberty of digging into each of them for an excerpt around Domestic Abuse.

What do they intend, suggest or implement? It gets lost in the melee of "bigger" issues for the press. Take a look at what we've found - direct quotes from the respective parties' manifestos. You may find them useful to engage with your local canvassers to clarify what they mean; whatever the message or the promise, please raise the issues if asked about whether somebody can rely on your vote. Keeping DA on everyone's agenda is such a vital one for the continued funding or services, resources and support for the victims. 

Victims won't be able to ask; please ask for them. It could make a difference!

We've included all the parties who won any seats in the 2010 or 2015 elections and have placed them in order of the number of constituencies in which each party is fielding a candidate this year. We aren't commenting on the nature of the policies or claims -- just extracting any sections that mention domestic violence or abuse in any context:

Reducing the Risk service users and staff - BAFTA stars!

Behind Closed Doors was nominated for a BAFTA and featured in last weekend's ceremony.

The film, made by True Vision Aire for the BBC, featured Thames Valley Police, Reducing the Risk and DASH - and three extraordinary women, victims of abuse, who agreed to their experience being filmed to help raise awareness and prevent abuse.

A documentary on Hillsborough pipped us to the post but it was a great occasion and an accolade to the work we do together and the amazing people we support. 

Oxfordshire LGBT+ website launches today

LGBT+ OxfordshireThe new LGBT+ website for Oxfordshire will launch under the rainbow flag at the Oxford Town Hall on Wednesday 17 May 2017. The launch will coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia,Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).

This date commemorates the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. Since 2004, events on May 17 have been held around the world to draw attention to the alarming situation still facing many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.

The LGBT+ Oxfordshire website project has been developed with funding from the Oxford Safer Communities Partnership to provide our LGBT+ communities with better access to information, services and advice from local, regional and national organisations.

New DA Resource for health professionals

Department of HealthA new publication from the Department of Health, Responding to Domestic Abuse: a resource for health professionals, aims to support continuing improvement in the response from health and care services and allied healthcare partners.

Drawing on the NICE multiagency guideline on Domestic Violence and Abuse, this resource looks at how to support adults and young people over 16 years old who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse, and dependent children in their households.

It replaces Domestic Violence: A Resource Manual for Health Care Professionals (2006) and Improving Safety, Reducing Harm: Children, Young People and Domestic Violence – a Practical Toolkit for Front-line Practitioners (2010) and includes pointers to help practitioners identify potential victims, initiate sensitive routine enquiry and respond effectively to disclosures of abuse. There is a new section on dealing with perpetrators of domestic abuse and violence.


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