News from RtR

This came from our trusty IDVA Manager who registered us with Smile Amazon- thanks Trish.

If you can't make our conference on May 14, West Berkshire Safer Communities Partnership is hosting a Lunch and Learn session ("Working with people of faith: Jesus, Banksy & the Railway Arms") that day in the Council Chamber,  West Berkshire Council Market Street Offices, from 12.30-13.30.

We often get requests and queries from researchers and we appreciate being able to help increase knowledge around domestic abuse. Here is one that sounds like something many of you may help with - please respond if you can help:

Louisa McMahon is a doctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield researching domestic abuse in male same-sex relationships, who is looking to interview professionals from across the broad domestic violence and abuse sector who have any experience in working with, or knowledge base of, male same-sex domestic abuse. Her research is funded by the School of Law, The University of Sheffield and has received ethical approval from the University Research Ethics Committee.

We have been very busy at Reducing the Risk this month with our training of new trainers to deliver our programme in both Oxfordshire and Slough.

The Oxon trainers will shortly be delivering courses across Oxfordshire and we are very excited as plans are developed as to how this will be administered and managed.

The new trainer pool in Slough will be agreeing dates and venues in the next few weeks too - so watch this space for details of new courses in these areas. 

We're pleased to announce that we've organised a conference with the theme ‘Showcasing contemporary good practice and tackling domestic abuse’ on May 14, 2019 at Unipart House, Garsington Road, Oxford, OX4 2GQ between 13.00 and 16.00.

Please feel free to share this email with any community safety/DA leads/partners/links you have that you think would be interested in hearing about domestic abuse initiatives, it would be great to get some new areas on board.

This will be an exciting opportunity to hear about innovative and contemporary approaches to tackling domestic abuse and will provide an opportunity to:

  • Understand the impact of Domestic Abuse Champions via the findings from research
  • Hear about implementing interventions and sustainability
  • Learn from outstanding practice in supporting the victims of domestic abuse
  • Self-assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve the recognition and response to domestic abuse

A detailed agenda will be circulated nearer to the time of the event but we are thrilled to announce that the following speakers have confirmed:

Amanda Bunn is an independent researcher with expertise in researching social initiatives and outcomes

Dr Jane Monckton Smith is a senior lecturer in criminology with the University of Gloucester with nationally recognised expertise in research and analysis of dynamics and risk assessment in relation to DA perpetrators and DA homicide.

Dawn Hodson is the NSPCC's Development Manager and has particular expertise in developing and working with local authorities to implement new evidence based models in relation to child protection and graded care . 

Shonagh Dillon is the Chief Executive Officer of Aurora New Dawn and has worked in the Violence against Women sector for over 20 years.

Tickets are free but please ensure you let us know if you book a ticket and then need to cancel.

To reserve your place visit Eventbrite.

Well we have been very busy over the past few months and so have our new pools of DA Champion Trainers. We thought we should update you all:


Jason and his team in Torbay are just starting to deliver the training around Torquay and Paigton. New dates are now listed on our Upcoming Training webpage.


Our old friends Pat & Jo are once again delivering their Springboard Programme for DA survivors in the North Oxfordshire area. The Springboard Women’s Development programme is designed for women from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives. It allows women to enhance their own skills and abilities, challenge power and equality while building confidence, assertiveness and a positive image. It is delivered in one day workshops and has five key ingredients: a best-selling up to date workbook, four action packed workshops over three months, real and inspiring role models as speakers, encouragement of effective networks, a proven support system of women to sustain progress. Springboard has a proven track record of helping women move forward. From the previous courses 100% of participants either strongly or very strongly agreed that they were more confident, more optimistic and positive, better at managing change, and had more control over their future. The network formed by the women participants was especially powerful, with understanding and support for all.

This came in from our Chief Champ in West Berks, Chloe: The next Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money Course in West Berkshire is running from Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 19.30, for three weeks at Broadway House, Newbury. The CAP Money Course supports with budgeting skills, is open to all and is free of charge. CAP can also support with 1-1 sessions if appropriate to the client’s needs.

DV Assist is a charity specialising in arranging protective civil orders such as Non Molestation, Prohibited Steps and Occupation orders. They will assess a victim’s situation together with their eligibility for public funding, if needed. The service is free and confidential. Run by an experienced team of case workers, they deal with each victim with compassion and empathy. Referrals can be made online or be email, mobile app or telephone.

Victims First have launched a campaign to raise awareness of coercive control.  The campaign 'Know this isn’t Love' aims to raise awareness of the signs of coercive, controlling and abusive behaviours in relationships so that people who are experiencing it, identify with it and potentially seek help. Electronic versions of posters, postcards, flyers etc can be downloaded from their campaign page.

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