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16 Days of Activism – Day Two

Shining a light on services 

Training 

Training is key to understanding domestic abuse in all the many forms it takes.

Changing Pathways offers bespoke training to all organisations ranging from statutory e.g. police, social services, CPS, schools to non-statutory such as workplaces, universities, foster agencies, GPs.

Without training people, including professionals, can find themselves in a position where they are giving advice and making judgements that can be damaging to survivors of domestic abuse and stalking.

Changing Pathways, although Essex-based, provides training nationally on the following:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Coercive Control
  • Stalking
  • DASH Risk Assessment
  • HBA – so called “Honour based Abuse”
  • Advocacy

At the start of the week of #16Days of Activism and on the UN’s International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women (#IDEVAW) Changing Pathways delivered multi-agency stalking training to 30 key workers in Harlow ranging from police and probation to social care and fostering. This aims to upskill workers to understand the risks associated with stalking and the sequential much-needed safeguarding steps to take. A common misconception is: that if someone changes their phone number and closes down their social media to the stalker that the stalking will stop. What is often not recognised is the fact that a fixated and obsessed stalker will find another way to contact the victim and this may mean they start to turn up unannounced therefore escalating the risk. We advise to keep ONE route of contact open and to send ONE clear concise message “stop contacting me”.  This minimises risk and keeps the evidence intact. Police/CPS need to evidence the unwanted repeated fixated pattern of behaviours. But to find out more please do contact us about training!

On the 27th November, Changing Pathways as part of #16Days will be presenting, alongside other professionals at the Coercive Control Conference organised by SETDAB.org. Although Coercive Control became a criminal offence in December 2015 the prosecution rate for this crime remains low. Many police forces and CPS may not feel confident on charging for coercive control when there hasn’t been violence. The Crime of Coercive Control is about the non-violent behaviours experienced in a relationship such as policing your partner/family member at home e.g. telling them how to dress, not allowing them to socialise, putting the victim down, economic abuse and many more power and control tactics – all of which amounts to intimate terrorism. In 2020 we would like to see an improvement in the prosecution and conviction rates for this crime.

Training our staff internally and other staff externally is rewarding when we see the difference it makes to knowledge & confidence. This is then reflected in the support given to service users.

In 2020 we want to put stalking on the map and will be delivering #stalking training within different counties to highlight how dangerous it is and what you can do to support stalking victims/survivors.

Please look at Eventbrite to see our events. Our inaugural Roadshow event “Mapping the Crime of Stalking” is in Chelmsford, Essex on 21st January 2020. https://bit.ly/32EM6HS

 

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