Working with a person involved in domestic abuse can be challenging.

Domestic abuse often extends beyond physical violence. It can involve emotional abuse, destruction of property, and isolation from friends, family and 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 to domestic abuse. You will gain a greater understanding of domestic abuse, the dynamics of relationships and the support available. You'll develop personal confidence and be able to identify and safely manage the risks in your work.

Workshop aims:

  • increase knowledge and awareness of the effects of domestic abuse and who it impacts
  • increased understanding of relationship dynamics in domestic abuse relationships
  • increase understanding of how to identify and manage risk
  • develop confidence working with people affected by domestic abuse

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

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


Working therapeutically with domestic abuse programme (PDF 115KB)

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 practices within domestic abuse work.

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


Please book your place online. If you book, you will receive information on how to join the live event a couple of days before.