Welsh Women’s Aid: A Day in the Life (Specialist Domestic Violence Tutor, Deb Critchley)

Welsh Women’s Aid
A Day in the Life of a Specialist Domestic Violence Tutor
By Deb Critchley

I have responsibility for delivering and assessing various domestic abuse related courses, both accredited and non-accredited, for Welsh Women’s Aid.

Like everyone else, as soon as I get in, I check my emails.  This helps me to decide if there are any additional priorities to consider. I always prioritise any requests from learners for additional support, and requests for training, as quickly as I can.

I started working for Welsh Women’s Aid in April of this year, and am passionate about training. Having worked directly with service users for many years, I understand from first-hand experience the value of training for any professional who deals with supporting clients in difficult circumstances. Not only is there knowledge gained on the course, but learners also benefit from the chance to talk to other professionals from other agencies, and have a chance to reflect on their practice – not an easy task unless you take some time out.
My focus at this time of year is to make sure our courses and materials are ready for new learners next year. Domestic abuse is a complex area, and a sound knowledge-base supports professionals in their work.

Nothing stands still, there is always something new to learn about – either new legislation, or police orders, or new pieces of research. As a trainer, I need to keep up-to-date with this, and make sure that the training Welsh Women’s Aid offers is current, interesting, and reflects what professionals need to know.

The 16 Days of Action is important to keep public awareness high about the ongoing issues of gender inequality and gender based violence