Domestic abuse community ambassadors trained

46 ambassadors across Brighton and Hove and East Sussex have received domestic abuse awareness training from RISE as part of the new Ask Me scheme.

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Ask Me is a pilot that ran in partnership with Women’s Aid and GCL, being trialled in Brighton & Hove, London and Wales.

Three training sessions took place in Brighton between March and July, with a further three in Eastbourne and Hastings. The newly trained Ask Me ambassadors are now playing an important role in the fight against domestic abuse in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. The two-day training course included how to start conversations to break the silence that can surround domestic abuse, and to challenge some of the myths, stereotypes and victim blaming.

The vast majority of the ambassadors’ role will be to share their learning, about the Ask Me scheme and about domestic abuse in general, in any way they wish – be it one-to-one conversations, blogging or on social media.

In the case that this leads to the disclosure of abuse, whether historical, about someone else or a survivor in need of immediate help, the Ask Me training will help ambassadors respond confidently, respectfully and appropriately.

One participant said “I gained information on where I can signpost survivors to and developed my skills on how to respond to disclosures and bust myths.”

We are hopeful that the pilot will be considered a success, and that more community ambassadors will be trained going forward... watch this space!