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Open training

AVA provides a variety of open training courses that take place at a range of venues across the UK.  Please read the outline for the course you are interested in to ensure the course matches your abilities and training needs.

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Please contact Jude Long, AVA's Training & Events Co-ordinator if you have any questions.



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FASD, domestic violence and families, 25 September 2014, London

25 September 2014

FASD is the leading known cause of intellectual disability in the Western world, and is caused when alcohol is consumed in pregnancy. Many women who have endured domestic violence may have used alcohol as a coping mechanism or lived with men who didn’t want them to stop drinking when pregnant.



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Troubled families, problematic substance use and domestic and sexual violence, 9 October 2014, London

9 October 2014

Domestic and Sexual violence is often present or has been present in the lives of ‘troubled families.’ Problematic substance use can also be a defining factor of a 'troubled family' and is often linked with domestic and sexual violence. Participants will gain knowledge on the links between DV/SV and problematic substance use, as well as what support and interventions can be effective with individuals and families experiencing these dual issues.

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How to support parenting post domestic abuse, 23 October 2014, London

23 October 2014

Post domestic abuse parents often find themselves struggling with not only the trauma of having lived with the abuse but their children’s complex behaviours and needs. Traditional parenting support is based upon a behaviourist model which relies upon incentives and consequences to control and manage behaviour. However, the latest neuroscience and attachment findings, along with a better understanding of the effects of early childhood trauma, show us s that parents and children’s needs are best met when support is informed by this research.



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How to use a Response-Based Approach with survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual exploitation, 14 November 2014, London

14 November 2014

Survivors of abuse are often described as passive in their experiences of violence and abuse. Response-based therapy, a ground breaking psychotherapeutic approach, challenges this idea and identifies the many everyday ways survivors of abuse resist.

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Meeting the mental health needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors, 20, 21 Nov, 4 Dec, London

20 November 2014

This accredited course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively meet the mental health needs of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


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Perspectives on adolescent to parent violence, 5 December 2014, London

5 December 2014

An interactive, practical study day on Adolescent to Parent Violence (APV), designed to raise awareness of the topic and provide participants with an opportunity to explore the dynamics of the issue as a profile of domestic abuse.



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Working with gang-affected young people experiencing sexual and domestic violence, 6 - 21 January 2015, London

6 January 2015

Accredited training course for those wanting to learn more about working with young people affected by domestic and sexual violence, including gang-related violence.

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Young People and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), 22 April, London

16 January 2015

This course will focus particularly on the experiences of adolescents as victims and as perpetrators of violence against women and girls.


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Directions to the AVA office from Old Street station.


Directions to the AVA office from Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street.