Training will enable North Devon to tackle domestic violence and abuse

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Training that will enable residents to question behaviors and attitudes that can lead to abuse and domestic violence is offered.

The program is run free of charge by a partnership that includes the North Devon and Torridge District Councils.

Witness domestic violence training is offered by the North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership (CSP), the Joint Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) for the districts of North Devon.

The training aims to tackle domestic violence through outreach, with an emphasis on preventing sexual violence and harm to women and girls.

The CSP says the training will equip participants with the skills to intervene safely, either then or later, if they witness or face attitudes, language or behavior that support violence and abuses.

Bystander training will allow participants to:

Notice and be aware of the event

Recognize the event or behavior as a problem

Feel responsible and motivated to act

Have the necessary skills to be able to intervene safely and effectively



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Local Police Zone Commander for North and West Devon; and Chairman of the North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership, Superintendent Toby Davies said: “Sadly, domestic violence and abuse is all too common, with one in four women and one in six men likely to have experienced it in the past. of their life. .

“One third of violent crime in our region is family related. Domestic violence has a devastating impact on victims, their families and the community at large.

“Among friends, co-workers, family and the wider community members who fail to identify and challenge unacceptable behavior, it normalizes it and leaves a minority to continue to act in a violent and abusive manner.

“This spectator training will give members of our community increased confidence in identifying these poor behaviors and languages, and advice on how to safely intervene and challenge. I urge interested residents to take advantage of this opportunity, not only to learn new skills, but also to help others in need ”

The North Devon and Torridge CSP are also looking to train people to be able to facilitate the training themselves. This will allow the CSP to sustain the approach over the long term throughout the district.

Residents wishing to participate in witness domestic violence training should contact Donna Woolway ([email protected]) for more information. The course is free and will take place over three sessions.

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