Swanswell’s alcohol training helps make Warwickshire safer

27 May 2011

Swanswell’s specially tailored training programme is helping Warwickshire services easily identify when alcohol is a key factor in cases of domestic abuse.

Earlier this month, the national charity – which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use – invited more than 20 professionals from a number of organisation across the county to take part in alcohol and domestic abuse awareness training in Bedworth, delivered by Swanswell’s substance misuse workers.     

The aim of this half day programme was to help frontline staff working with victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse become more confident in dealing with complex issues linking alcohol and domestic abuse, and to further develop multi-agency working.   

Every year, 360,000 incidents of domestic abuse (around a third of all reported incidents) are linked to alcohol misuse according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

In Warwickshire, Swanswell works closely with a number of agencies to deliver an innovative alcohol and domestic abuse programme for victims and perpetrators as well as training programmes for domestic abuse services.      

Jo Woods, Swanswell’s Operations Manager for Warwickshire, said: ‘It’s vital for those working with domestic abuse victims and perpetrators to easily identify when alcohol is a key factor in cases of domestic abuse.

Our training helps professionals do that effectively by increasing their knowledge about alcohol and its potentially harmful effects, as well as understanding the steps they should take if someone presents with an alcohol problem.’

Sue Ingram, Warwickshire County Council’s Domestic Abuse Manager, said: ‘We know there is a strong link between alcohol use and domestic abuse, so Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety Team commissioned this project to help professionals further protect people in the county from serious harm.

We hope the training will promote good working relationships between domestic abuse and alcohol providers, and will facilitate a seamless service to clients. This training was 100% oversubscribed and we’re looking at running further sessions to meet demand.’

Swanswell supports Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse  - a single identity which member public services, charities and organisations use to raise awareness of domestic abuse and encourage those affected to seek help.     

For help with domestic abuse issues or to find out about the Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse partnership please visit Talk2Someone or call the confidential Talk2Someone helpline 0800 408 1552. In an emergency always dial 999.

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