Wardens get specialist training on how to support domestic abuse victims

Article dated Monday Oct 16, 2023 at 05:04 PM

Bradford Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens have received specialist training to equip them to support and signpost victims of domestic abuse and/or coercive control.

They also received Active Bystander training, provided by Bradford Council’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Workforce team. This session raises awareness of gender-based violence in England and Wales and equips participants with tools and strategies to be active bystanders in their community.

The wardens provided positive feedback on the sessions and now feel that they have a greater understanding of the issue and are more confident in signposting victims of domestic abuse or coercive control or signposting them to further advice and support.

The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Team also provided bespoke training on recognising and responding to domestic abuse and Active Bystander training for newly qualified social workers. In addition, a cohort of 44 social workers from South Africa received the training.

Amjad Ishaq, Bradford Council’s Environmental Services and Enforcement Manager, said: "Our wardens are the ‘eyes and ears’ within communities. Their high visibility coupled with an increased awareness of how to recognise and respond to domestic abuse, is a much needed additional layer of support for anyone needing it.

"This training has given our wardens the confidence to approach and be approached should a situation arise and we as a team are proud to play our part in supporting victims across our district."

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “It is only by raising awareness and more training that we can ensure that everyone who needs support can receive or access it. This training is a positive step forward and an example of the valuable contribution being made by our Neighbourhoods and Community Service.”

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