Commissioning Tailored Training


vida can be commissioned to create and deliver bespoke tailored training [usually in the north of England, but all requests considered]. We will check the roles and experience of your staff, and can adapt our programmes to make them relevant. The learning objectives for current one-day courses are detailed below and on our Courses page. Shorter courses, modules and briefings can also be arranged, to suit levels of responsibility or working patterns.

Costs: can be provided for full/half day courses, delivered by one/two experienced trainers, to include planning, handout packs and any administration of bookings - contact us to discuss your needs.

Venue: if an organisation cannot provide a suitable training room, the venue and refreshments will need to be costed separately. This can be arranged, at reasonable rates, at VIDA's premises at Knowle House. The venue should have one large room and, where possible, enough space for smaller groups to work without disturbing each other too much. The trainers will usually need access to a flip chart and powerpoint equipment, which can be brought by vida if required.

To discuss your bespoke training needs please contact: Maureen Storey, VIDA Director | Tel: [0114] 275 0101 | Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    


Why don't they just leave? understanding coercive control

A new programme for 2016 to develop practitioners’ understanding of coercive controlling behaviour [CCB] in the context of domestic and sexual abuse. Learners will be able to:

  • describe coercive and controlling behaviours  used by perpetrators of abuse

  • recognise the impacts of CCB, additional vulnerabilities and barriers to reporting and seeking help

  • describe the difficulties of leaving an abusive relationship

  • recognise tactics used by perpetrators to manipulate professionals

  • describe how CCB is defined in law [Serious Crime Act 2015, s.76] and challenges for identifying, recording and providing evidence to support prosecutions

  • explore a needs-led, strengths based approach to engaging survivors and their children, to build resilience and achieve change that lasts

  • describe support available locally and pathways to specialist services

Doing No Further Harm: working with mental health impacts of domestic & sexual abuse

An engaging programme for support workers, mental health practitioners, and anyone interested in developing a trauma informed response to survivors of abuse. This training can support the development of a ‘psychologically informed environment’ [PIE] in support services for vulnerable people

max. 16 participants - delivered by the Clinical Manager of our Eva Therapy Service - Learners will be able to:

  • name some realities and myths about mental health and domestic and sexual abuse

  • describe some impacts of abuse on mental health, how people may present and be diagnosed, and barriers to seeking help

  • describe how the human brain responds to trauma and abuse

  • describe some of the foundations of ‘safe therapy’ and tools to help someone manage their distress and regulate their emotions

  • describe support available locally and nationally, and pathways to specialist services

  • recognise potential impacts of working with people affected by abuse and trauma, and strategies for self-care 

Rape, Sexual Abuse & Sexual Exploitation: working with survivors

max. 16 participants - developed and delivered with SRASAC/Rape Crisis to improve responses to survivors of sexual violence and abuse - of all genders

Can be offered as NOCN accredited or non-accredited training - learners will be able to:

  • compare definitions of rape, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, within the context of violence against women & girls

  • compare some of the myths and facts, and media responses to rape and sexual abuse

  • describe impacts of rape, sexual abuse and trauma on the physical and mental health of victims/survivors

  • describe a range of appropriate responses to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation

  • describe sources of support for survivors, and pathways to specialist services

  • describe potential impacts of working with people affected by abuse and trauma, and strategies for self-care 

Domestic Abuse Awareness & Multi-Agency Working

A full or half-day experiential programme to provide a sound introduction to domestic and sexual abuse issues. Learners will be able to: 

  • describe the Duluth power and control wheel, and the range of forms of domestic and sexual abuse

  • describe some of the impacts of living with abuse on adults and children, and people from diverse backgrounds

  • develop skills and confidence to respond early and effectively to domestic and sexual abuse, including safety planning with those at risk

  • understand the importance of risk assessment and of working together with other agencies

  • use the current pathways to refer and signpost people affected by domestic and sexual abuse to specialist services

Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment, MARAC & DHR's

A full or half-day programme, designed to increase skills and confidence in using the DASH domestic abuse risk assessment tool, safety planning, and contributing to Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference [MARAC] and Domestic Homicide Review [DHR] processes. Learners will be able to: 

  • describe a range of domestic abuse risk factors and the 3 risk levels in use: High / Medium / Standard

  • use the DASH risk assessment tool to assess risk, and know who to consult about potential High Risk cases

  • develop a safety plan with someone at risk from domestic abuse

  • use the DASH tool alongside the Family Common Assessment Framework and child protection procedures where children are living with domestic abuse

  • refer High Risk cases to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference process and IDVA Service, to promote early, effective multi-agency responses

  • describe the Domestic Homicide Review process, where people are killed or commit suicide in situations involving domestic abuse 

  • use the current Pathways to refer and signpost people affected by domestic and sexual abuse to specialist services

[Note: Domestic Abuse Awareness plus Risk Assessment, MARAC & DHR's can be combined into a one-day course]

See Me, Hear Me: working with children & young people affected by domestic abuse

max. 16 participants - an experiential course for those who work directly with children and young people, and ideally have participated in awareness training. Learners will be able to:

  • recognise and respond to the needs of children & young people affected by domestic and sexual abuse 

  • develop creative ways to enable children to communicate feelings and regulate their emotions

  • feel more confident, skilled and resourceful about responding to children's trauma and their experiences

  • identify specialist services for children & young people affected by abuse