Speak up about domestic abuse
Women’s Aid is running free training in East Surrey for anyone who wants to break the silence on domestic abuse. This is to ensure the first time a woman speaks out about abuse, she is heard, believed and guided towards the specialist support she needs to regain her independence.
The Change that Lasts scheme will offer training for anyone, men and women, to become Community Ambassadors. Ambassadors will learn to understand domestic abuse and why it happens, how to respond when someone talks about it and where to direct people for expert support.
They will be asked to talk about domestic abuse in their community - whether it’s over a coffee with a friend, at their work team meeting or posting on social media. They will also help raise awareness of domestic abuse and present themselves as someone who will understand, meaning survivors will be more likely to open up to them.
Anyone can sign up to be a Community Ambassador, and there are a variety of training dates available, including weekends.
After the training, the time commitment is as much or as little as you can. Learning about domestic abuse is a life skill and can help make a real difference to the people around you. If you would like to be a part of the scheme you can sign up by e-mailing Zoe Snelgrove on email@example.com, or calling 07769 322104.