Impact of Sexual Violence

Domestic Abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour or abuse including physical violence, sexual violence, emotional, psychological or financial abuse perpetrated within an existing or in continuances of a previously existing intimate relationship. The Home Office acknowledges that domestic abuse includes culturally specific forms of harm which impact on BMER women.

Whilst we are clear that domestic abuse is non discriminatory in practice cutting across all diversities of age, culture, ethnicity, class and gender; that abuse can be perpetrated within same sex abusive relationship and that both women and men can be victims of domestic abuse this training focuses on the experience of women as victims of sexual violence within an intimate relationship.

The aim of the training is to raise awareness of both the issues and the form sexual violence takes within an intimate relationship;and its impact on the victim.

We examine:-

• Sexual respect

• Sexual violence within the context of domestic abuse

• Tactics of the perpetrator

• Impact on the victim /survivor

• Dealing with a disclosure

• Signposting to appropriate sources of support

The day is for those who have an interest in gaining an understanding of sexual violence in relation to domestic abuse, it will be particularly useful to those involved in supporting women who have experienced domestic abuse and for those whose work demands a better understanding of domestic/sexual abuse issues. The session will involve group discussion, small group work etc and be participatory in nature. We will not be role playing. There will be opportunities to ask questions and the facilitators will be sharing their breadth of experience in working with survivors of sexual violence.

Though the facilitators are practised in providing a supportive environment and are mindful of the wellbeing of those attending, we do ask that individuals are aware of, and take responsibility for, their own self care needs in relation to personal issues and experiences that may be impacted on by the content of the training session.

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