Domestic Abuse – Increasing Awareness of Hidden Cultural Harms


Domestic abuse affects both women and men of all ages and circumstances and in all cultures. The reasons someone might be abused could be related to both internal and external factors. Factors which have been found to be related include alcohol use, violence in family of origin, need for dominance, drug use, stress, low paying occupations, cultural norms, and emotional dependency. Research findings have indicated domestic violence is a result of many factors and needs to be examined differently among different cultures and sub cultures.

This new course sets out to explore Cultural Perspectives, Assessment and Intervention (including the Dash tool) and Legislation and Statutory Guidance and their significance in Domestic Abuse. The course is ideal for those working in children’s and adults social care with clients who have been or may be at risk of domestic violence.

How Long is the Course?

1 day – The session will run as 3 modules. These can be split over a series of days or all be delivered in 1 day

Who is the Course Aimed at?

Staff in children’s and adults social care

Learning Outcomes

Module 1- HBV/FM cultural perspectives

  • Able to confidently explain how components of south-asian culture i.e. Izzat, Sharam, biradari, Kaum, male patriarchy and tribal ideals can constitute components that may allow HBV/FM to go undetected.
  • Collective vs individual cultures.
  • Understand the ‘perpetrators mindset’ by clearly being able to differentiate religion and south-asian culture and how the latter at times contradicts the former.
  • To be able to confidently apply a robust range of instruments such as; a do/don’t list, faith and community leader engagement tool, religious perspectives approach to encourage and support ‘buy in’ from individuals/families’ communities affected by HBV/FM agenda.
  • To be able to appreciate and explore the specific stigma, taboos and negative experiences, barriers to reporting that victims, children, families / whistle-blowers face when reporting HBV/FM
  • Able to confidently support and identify individual at risk of HBV/FM in light of their specific cultural/religious backgrounds.
  • Through case studies able to apply knowledge and confidently work in an anti-discriminatory manner and apply reflective practice when dealing with HBV/FM cases.

Module 2- assessment and intervention in HBV/FM cases

  • Through a walk-through of the CADDA DASH tool, able to reflect on its use as a  risk identification tool,
  • Understand the challenges that can arise when assessing and intervening in FM/HBV cases including appropriate questioning, lines of enquire to help disclose experiences.
  • Able to reflect on own practice and develop own practice, fill gaps in knowledge and understanding by asking questions to the facilitator on how parts of the CADDA DASH and related tools are applied in cases of HBV/FM
  • Able to develop their understanding of assessing and intervening in HBV/FM cases where culture/religion are seen to be drivers.
  • Able to understand the role of the Forced Marriage Unit in case interventions

Module 3- HBV/FM understanding legislation and statutory guidance

  • Have a holistic understanding of the legislation in place to protect individuals from FM/HBV such as Forced Marriage (s.121 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014), Forced Marriage (civil protection) Act 2007, FMPOs
  • Understand the offences in law related to FM and HBV.
  • Multi-agency roles i.e. MARAC, police, safeguarding, education, health, housing and other providers.
  • Able to confidently understand the key legislation and guidance on HBV/FM and able to apply it in HBV/FM interventions.
  • Reflect on the statutory competencies social workers are required to have in the HBV/FM arena.



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