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Domestic Violence and Abuse AWARENESS TRAINING


Course Background

This Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness training course helps support staff who work with children and adults to understand what domestic violence is, how it may begin, who perpetrates abuse, and how to identify when it may be happening.

During the course, we emphasise the impact of domestic violence and abuse upon victims and children, and assist staff in understanding how to respond appropriately to concerns. 

Who should attend? 

This online Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness course is suitable for professionals in any industry who have contact with children, young adults, and/or their families.


By the end of the course delegates will be able to;

  • Describe what the terms domestic violence and abuse
  • Appreciate the dynamics and barriers that make it hard to report and difficult to escape from
  • Describe the wide-ranging effects on adults and children who have experienced domestic violence and abuse
  • Be alert to the possibility of domestic violence and abuse in your own workplace whether clients or colleagues
  • Know how to respond appropriately and where to get support. Victims may avoid disclosing an abusive situation due to the associated stigma or concerns that their employer will not be responsive


Susan Sidford

The Trainer

Susan Sidford recently retired from South Wales Police having served over 30 year’s. She started her police career in 1986 and gained significant experience as a uniform response officer. With many years service working within the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Sue completed her police service within the Public Protection Unit (PPU).

After serving as a Detective Sergeant within the CID, in 2007, Susan was promoted to the rank of Detective Inspector within the Public Protection Unit. In this particularly challenging and demanding role, Susan was responsible for the following key areas;

  • Responsible for team of 28 Detectives investigating Child Abuse and Domestic Abuse cases.
  • Chair of the Public Protection, Bronze Group, established in 2008 as a result of the unprecedented number of suicides by young people in the Bridgend County Borough area. Sue remained Chair of this group until her retirement in 2018.
  • Liaison with multi agencies to discuss safeguarding arrangements
  • Attending meetings regarding safeguarding of children
  • Chairing of MARAC meeting (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) regarding high risk domestic abuse victims.
  • Chairing of PRUDIC meetings (Procedural Response to Unexpected Death in Childhood)
  • Attendance at MAPPA meetings (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements)
  • Responsible for recruitment and interviewing of new team members
  • Senior Investigating Officer for numerous serious sexual offences and variety of other serious crimes.
  • Have managed and run Operations involving Child Sexual Exploitation offences.
  • Delivered training to colleagues within South Wales Police and partner agencies, such as Social Services and Health.
  • Managed 2 CID teams investigating high volume and serious criminal offences
  • Intelligence manager and dealing with confidential informants

Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness Training


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Safety Solutions Training Ltd.

7 Coryton Crescent


CF14 7EP