Domestic Abuse: Hidden Abuse, Coercion and Control, Reducing Parental Conflict, Domestic Abuse Hub

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Live Sessions

Connections in the Brain that Shape Children and Young People

Aim of Session: Recognition of the different stages of what constitutes normal development is crucial to understanding what is going on in the abused and neglected child’s life, the likely impact of any harm, and how it might manifest through disordered development or behaviour. This session is aimed at identifying the impact/ importance of the brain development in early and teenage years, the importance of brain development and the effect of stress on young brains and on later life.

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Length of Session: 3 hours

How to Book/Access the session: Please prebook through the Calderdale Safeguarding Training LMS Enable

Over the Rainbow – LGBT Domestic Abuse

Aim of Session: A presentation by the Brunswick Centre to raise awareness and understanding of LGBT Domestic Abuse.

Time of session: 10:15am – 11.00am

Length of Session: 45 minutes

How to Book/Access the Session: Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Domestic Abuse an Older People Briefing

Aim of session: Delivered by Calderdale Staying Safe, to assist professionals to identify the specific needs and barriers for older people experiencing domestic abuse and explore appropriate responses to disclosures/concerns around domestic abuse in our work.

Time: 1.30pm-3.00pm

Length of session: 1 hour and 30 minutes

How to Book/Access the Session: Prebook through the Calderdale Safeguarding Training LMS Enable


Domestic Abuse Hub

Operational Process

Calderdale Domestic Abuse Hub is a multi-agency team who work together to support victims of domestic abuse and protect children who are affected by the abuse. There are daily meetings where action plans are agreed aimed to protect the vulnerable and manage the perpetrators. In this video some of those agencies talk about their role in this process. (Approximately 30 minutes).

This video describes the purpose of MARAC and the role of the MARAC Co-ordinator in delivering this service for the Calderdale Domestic Abuse Strategy. (Approximately 2 minutes).

This video is from Calderdale Staying Safe Service which is Calderdale’s Domestic Abuse Support Service, which explains how they support victims of abuse and link in with the partner agencies across Calderdale. (Approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds)

This video from The Acorns Refuge in Calderdale, explains the service they offer and provides a unique walk through of the building. We can see all the facilities the refuge has to offers and get a good feel of how safe and comfortable the accommodation is for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. (Approximately 10 minutes).

This video is about Operation Encompass, which is a National project that manages the information around domestic abuse incidents being shared with schools. Steve Barnes, Calderdale Schools Safeguarding Advisor speaks to Designated Leads at Lingbob School about the process. (Approximately 10 minutes).

This video from the National Probation Service explain their role managing the risk posed by offenders. They explain the options available prior to release from prison and after release and what specifically can be done to safeguard the victims of crime. (Approximately 15 minutes).

Strategic Process

This video from Julie Jenkins, Chair of the Domestic Abuse Strategic Board, explains the purpose of the board and the strong partnership working across Calderdale to reduce the harm caused by domestic abuse. (Approximately 4 minutes).

This video from Luke Turnbull, Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults, and also lead for domestic abuse, talks through how the CCG work with partners in Calderdale to reduce the harm caused by domestic abuse. (Approximately 3 minutes).

This video from Angela Everson, CEO of Women Centre, explains her role in the domestic abuse strategic partnership and how the Women Centre have supported this agenda for many years. (Approximately 2 minutes).

This video from Naz Mukhtar, Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator for Calderdale, explains her role and current priorities. (Approximately 1 minute).

Victim Stories

This training video explores a real-life story of domestic Abuse. Jo talks about her own experience in an abusive relationship and how she exited safely with her child. Jo has been through a truly horrendous experience and she has found a way to draw the strength from her survival to support others and educate the workforce. (Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes).

This video highlights the impact of Domestic Homicide; Leona talks about the devastation of losing her sister when she was murdered by her partner. Leona focuses on her sister’s children and how the negative and positive responses from professionals, led her to become a children’s social worker. (Approximately 14 minutes).

Coercive control

This chilling and revealing lockdown short film shows  a brutal yet ultimately hopeful portrayal of loss, coercion, and domestic violence. (Approximately 11 minutes).

Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children

Tower Hamlets video that explains the impact of Domestic Abuse on Children and how a child’s development is affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACES). (Approximately 20 minutes).

Domestic Abuse against men

This dramatised video explores Michael’s story (Real Safeguarding Stories), which addresses issues of Coercive Control; Emotional Abuse; Financial Abuse; Male Victim. (Approximately 15 minutes and 30 seconds).

This video highlights the story of Alex Skeel, a male victim of Domestic Abuse by his Girlfriend, who was the first female convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour in the UK. (Approximately 5 minutes).

This Social Experiment video from BBCThree highlights the different reactions that members of public have of domestic abuse against a women vs against a man in public. (Approximately 4 minutes and 30 seconds).

Domestic Abuse and Older People

SafeLives have produced a webinar called ‘Older, safer – is it too much to ask?’ (approximately 1 hour) as well as some Podcasts including:

LGBT+ and Domestic Abuse

Safe Lives have produced a number of podcasts and a webinar interview about the barriers faced by LGBT+ people and how services can better support victims and survivors from these communities (Approximately 8 minutes).

This ‘Dudley Safe and Sound’ film about a gay victim of domestic violence abuse, highlights why it’s more difficult for LGBT+ people to seek support. (Approximately 2 minutes).

This video is a personal story by 24 year old Alice, a lesbian victim of domestic violence abuse. (Approximately 3 minutes).

This video relates to the increase of domestic abuse in the LGBT+ community during Covid-19 lockdown. It shows how to recognise the signs and how to get support (Approximately 6 minutes).

Useful Links and Resources

Domestic Abuse in Older People

Action on Elder Abuse Website provides information and advice on domestic abuse in older people.

Forced Marriage

This website provides information on forced marriage including, the definition of forced marriage, a range of informative and powerful posters, short videos by Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, The Home Office, ChildLine, West Yorkshire Imam and relevant contact details.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

This briefing explaining what FGM is, indicators, legislation and mandatory reporting factsheet, what to do if concerned, and links to other websites.


Galop is a LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Their National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0800 999 5428.

London Friend is the UK’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans charity and aims to support the health and mental wellbeing of the LGBT community – their website offers information and advice including about Mental Health and coming out.

Reducing Parental Conflict

Building relationship skills – One plus one relationships charity website provides a range of information for practitioners and parents including video’s, activities, access to Click – a mobile-friendly platform for individuals, families and couples.

Reducing Parental Conflict – Relationship Matters website explains what parental conflict is and how to avoid; includes videos and how to get help.

The See it Differently website provides a direct link to a helpline and videos that explain how parental conflict impacts on children and alternative ways to manage conflict.

Impact on Children and Young people

For Baby’s Sake is an organisation who offers a programme for expectant parents that takes a whole-family approach, starting in pregnancy and dealing with the entire cycle and history of domestic abuse, identifying and directly addressing the trauma or traumas that lie at the heart of the problem.  It usually continues until the baby is two, covering the important time when a child’s brain is developing and bonds are forming.

Stalking Awareness

This free Personal Safety course was produced to coincide with National Stalking Awareness Week.

General Resources

IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. It’s services include refuge accommodation, community based support, peer mentoring, group work and access to a free, confidential out of hours’ helpline.

Domestic Abuse Affects Your Children Too webpage includes short videos presented by a number of academics and specialists, leaflets, contact details if you are concerned about domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse ‘In Your Hands’ campaign is aimed at potential perpetrators of domestic abuse, and provides information, including details of relevant support organisations, short videos and posters.

Clare’s Law is a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme from West Yorkshire Police. To find out how to make a request, and view posters, and video’s relating to the campaign, visit the Clare’s Law webpage.

West Yorkshire Police’s Domestic Abuse webpage definitions, useful contacts and sources of help as well as some videos.


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