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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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Working with children and young people exposed to violence against women and girls, 22 September 2014, London

22 September 2014

AVA is an OCN accredited centre that has developed an accredited training course for practitioners working with children and young people exposed to domestic violence and related violence against women and girls. The course is aimed at professionals wishing to deepen and consolidate their understanding of the issues with which they work and gain a formal qualification equivalent to A-level standard.

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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (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 research, along with a better understanding of the effects of early childhood trauma, show us that parents and children’s needs are best met when support is informed by these findings.



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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), 16 January 2015, 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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Supporting Survivors to Recover from the Impacts of Violence Against Women and Girls – Post-traumatic Stress, 3 February, London 2015

3 February 2015

This course is designed to help professionals identify signs of post-traumatic stress (PTS) in women who have experienced violence against women and girls (VAWG) and to explore different aspects of complex PTS.



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Community Groups Project three-day training, 11, 18 and 25 March, London

11 March 2015

The Community Groups Project is for children, young people and their mothers who have experienced domestic violence and provides a community based setting for them to share and talk about their experiences.

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How technology is used to abuse and safeguard young people experiencing violence, 12 March 2015, London

12 March 2015

This one day course will provide an overview of the different ways technology is used to abuse young people. Practitioners will also gain knowledge about how technology can protect young people by increasing their knowledge about abuse and support services.

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Legal remedies and support for young people and vulnerable adults who have been sexually exploited, 26 March 2015, London

26 March 2015

This topical and newly designed course is delivered in partnership by AVA and Rights of Women, and will focus on supporting young people and vulnerable adults who have experienced, or at risk of experiencing, sexual exploitation.


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AVA is an accredited OCN centre.


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