When working with a person involved in domestic abuse, it can be a challenging working relationship.

Domestic abuse often extends beyond physical violence. It can involve emotional abuse, destruction of property, isolation from friends and family or other sources of support. It can impose control over money, food, personal items, transport and communication.

Domestic abuse is often witnessed by children and there may be an overlap of violence or abuse between adults and children. With divided loyalties there can often be unwanted acceptance of domestic abuse with family members.

This workshop will challenge your views and approach and will provide a greater understanding of domestic abuse, the dynamics of relationships, support available and will develop personal confidence and awareness in identifying and safely managing risks in your work.

The workshop will be facilitator led in a caring, confidential and supportive way through presentation, open discussion and small group task working.

A full workshop handout will be supplied along with references to further support services available.

Presenter Biography

Gary Williams served in the armed forces and police service for over thirty years. As a Detective Inspector he investigated many incidents of domestic abuse and has worked with numerous agencies introducing initiatives to raise awareness and challenge domestic abuse, including perpetrator interventions and risk management models.

Since 2008 he has delivered domestic abuse training to a range of therapists, as well as NHS staff and many other professionals. He is committed to helping therapists develop safe working practises within domestic abuse work.

He is a member of BACP, he has private practise providing therapy for survivors of domestic abuse, members of the emergency services and performing artists in the entertainment industry.

The main aims of the PDD are to

  • explore domestic abuse and identify and raise awareness of the extent and impact
  • explore relationship dynamics
  • identify risk assessment models and safety planning
  • explore how we can work effectively and therapeutically with people experiencing domestic abuse

By the end of the PDD, participants will have

  • increased knowledge and awareness of the effects of domestic abuse and on whom
  • increased awareness of relationship dynamics within domestic abuse relationships
  • more understanding of risk and safety management issues and what support is available
  • more confidence when working with people affected by domestic abuse

This PDD is relevant to

Counsellors, psychotherapists, trainers and supervisors who are currently working with people affected by domestic abuse.


Please book your place online


Holiday Inn Norwich North
Cromer Road


Registration will be 9.30am with the workshop starting promptly at 10am. Two refreshment break and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will finish at 4.30pm.