Around 38 professionals and members of the voluntary sector gathered at a Domestic Abuse training session on Monday (25 March).
The session, hosted by Hertsmere Borough Council and run by Liz Perry and Sara Jackson, Managers of SAHWR Specialist Domestic Abuse Services, was for people who work with the public to gain an insight into domestic abuse.
The session looked at the types of domestic abuse, how perpetrators gain control, why victims stay in an abusive relationship, the effects of domestic abuse on children and the agencies that can help survivors.
Valerie Kane, Chair of the St Albans and Hertsmere Domestic Abuse Forum and Community Safety Manager at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: "These events provide a valuable opportunity for people who work within the community, professionals and volunteers to learn about some of the issues affecting our residents.
"The themes that have been explored reflect the complexities associated with domestic violence, but thankfully there is a wide range of expertise on hand in Hertfordshire and nationally to support victims and tackle perpetrators.
"I am delighted so many attended today and hope we can make a difference within our community."
Liz Perry, Manager of SAHWR Specialist Domestic Abuse Services, said: “We were delighted with the turnout. It’s vital that support and guidance continues to be provided to victims of domestic abuse. Our aim is to ensure that everyone lives without fear of violence or abuse.
"I hope this training gives agencies and organisations greater understanding of domestic abuse, clarity of the services available and referral pathways for victims of domestic abuse.”
SAHWR is an independent charity that offers a range of services in Hertsmere, Three Rivers, Dacorum and Watford to support all victims of domestic abuse regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, religion or ability, overcome the trauma and abuse they have suffered.
SAHWR are sub-contracted by Safer Places, which is an independent charity that provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children affected by all forms of Domestic Abuse. Visit www.saferplaces.co.uk
to find out more.
Posted on Tuesday 26th March 2019