Research tells us that victims can go to as many as five agencies before they find appropriate help, advice and support.  By having Domestic Abuse (DA) Champions in many agencies the aim is to dramatically reduce this number and provide a more joined up approach. In order to work effectively with victims and to ensure their safety, professionals need to have a common understanding of the issues and have the ability to co-ordinate their efforts and work more efficiently. We need to disseminate a good understanding of domestic violence among professionals in all agencies in a way that ensures that the information is of a good quality and up to date.

The Champion is seen as the lead for domestic abuse issues within their agency or unit and acts as the contact in and out of that unit/agency. They will be able to advise their colleagues on management of individual cases and ensure that they are aware of and have access to local resources and support. Champions will understand how other Champions can assist in supporting, helping and advising a victim of domestic abuse and their dependants.

This model began in Oxfordshire but is now also being replicated in Buckinghamshire, West Berkshire, Milton Keynes and the London Borough of Havering. We would also like to welcome Slough to our networks.

We currently have over 2000 active champions within the Thames Valley and this number is constantly growing. There are network meetings run in each district which help Champions add to their knowledge and to build those professional and personal relationships which will support them joining the ‘virtual’ team.

Cumbria, Norfolk and Hertfordshire Councils have also commissoned us to support the development of their own network.

Champions' surveys

The Champions network runs as a 'vitual team'; this can sometimes make it difficult to demonstrate what outcomes are achieved.

In order to build an evidence base around the effectiveness of the network, we carried out a survey in 2014 and 2015. Initially we set up a focus group to make sure that we would be asking the right questions of the network, and also conducted one-to-one interviews with a cross section of Champions from several different agencies. We now annually run a survey with our DAchampions to hear their feedback.

Would you like to join a Champions' Network?

  1. read our champions information leaflet
  2. complete the Community Domestic Abuse Champions application form

Upcoming Training Dates

These dates are listed (by local authority) for the benefit of those who have already completed our application form but who have been waiting for new training dates to be released, or who are already trained but need refresher training, or who are already trained and looking for network meetings in their area.

If you have not yet applied, then when you complete the form you will be able to choose from any of the currently available dates in your area and do NOT need to send a separate email about training dates.


Oxon Champions Training 2018

Use the DA Champion application form link above to apply for these courses
  • February 22-23, 2018 - County Hall, Oxford - NOW FULL

If you apply via the application form and select the option to wait for a convenient date, we'll let you know when new courses are scheduled and become available. Our waiting list gets first pick!

Oxon Champion Refresher Training Day

We have taken the decision to use the last county networking date as a Refresher training session. If you are a trained DA Champion and feel you need to refresh your knowledge, click on the appropriate link below to book a place. These will take place 9:30am to 12:30pm on the following dates:

dates to be confirmed

Oxon DASH (domestic abuse, staking, harressment,honour based abuse) Risk assessment training

For Oxfordshire county council staff please go to IBC booking system - next training date is 25th March, 25th May, 13th September 2018 and 5th March 2019

Oxon Champions Network Meetings​

Dates to be confirmed


Bucks Champions Training 2017  

Use the DA Champion application form to apply for these courses

  • March 22nd & 23rd, 2018 09.30- 16.30 at Green Park, Aston Clinton
  • May 30 & 31st 2018 09.30 - 16.30 at Green Park, Aston Clinton
  • July 9 & 10th 2018 09.30 - 16.30 at Green Park, Aston Clinton
  • September 20 & 21st 2018 09.30 - 16.30 at Green Park, Aston Clinton

Bucks Champion Network Meetings​

Email to confirm your attendance

Watch this space for more dates.

Please see the specific Buckinghamshire DVA Champion Information Leaflet.

milton keynes

Milton keynes champions training 2017

Use the DA Champion application form to apply for these courses

  • April 19th & 20th, 2018 from 9.30 – 4.30 both days Galley Hill Education Centre

  • May 24th & 25th 2018 from 9.30 – 4.30 both days Galley Hill Education Centre

  • July  26th & 27th 2018 from 9.30 – 4.30 both days Galley Hill Education Centre

West Berkshire

West Berks Champions Training 2017

Use the DA Champion application form to apply for these courses

  • January 29th & 30th, 2018 at Shaw House, Newbury

watch this space or register using link above to keep in touch with us when dates are released

West Berks Network Meetings

Watch this space for more dates.

West Berks DASH Training

Watch this space for more dates.


Use the DA Champion application form to apply for these courses

  • February 15-16, 2018- The Curve, Slough

London Borough of Havering

Havering Champions Training 2017

Use the DA Champion application form to apply for these courses

  • 16th February, 2018- in Romford Town Hall

havering Network meetings

Watch this space for more dates.

havering dash training

Watch this space for more details

Cancellations Policy

The following policy is relevant to those courses organised by Reducing the Risk.

All delegates are expected to avoid cancellations if possible but where there is no alternative, the following procedure will be applied.

Cancellation by Delegates

Should a delegate withdraw from a course, a financial penalty will be incurred proportionate to the amount of notice given, the ability to fill the space with a waiting list candidate and the reason for the withdrawal. If a cancellation is received from the delegate, or a representative of the delegate, with less than 7 working days notice or the delegate fails to attend the training, s/he will be charged £95.

In courses other than Champions' training if a delegate becomes unable to attend the event in advance of the start of such activity it may be possible for a substitute within the team or service to take the available space. 

Registered Users

We have a dedicated area of this website that is only accessible by Domestic Abuse Champions. Please use the login details provided to you at the Champion Training to log in here.

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