Domestic Abuse Counselling Service
Domestic violence is known to result in serious psychological harm for individuals exposed to abuse, including physical, psychological, emotional, financial and/or sexual abuse. This can lead to issues with anxiety, trust, and relationships and result in involuntary trauma responses that can make life hard for the affected person. Counselling is one option for recovery from such harm.
Research with clients who have experienced domestic abuse and subsequently received counselling suggested that a general counselling approach may not be sufficient for these issues, with much higher levels of counsellor knowledge and skills required than usual. A training package for counsellors, based on this non-gendered model, was developed to support the launch of a specialist counselling service in October 2019. The service has expanded to include online working and now has around 20 counsellors, both trainees and qualified practitioners, working at the service on a voluntary basis and seeing nearly 50 clients per week. All counsellors and assessors within the service have been trained in the model and outcome data is collected from all clients to determine the success of the approach. Clients come from all over the UK and all walks of life. Initial results from the outcome data are very promising.
Funder: This is a University of Salford project.
Project team: Jeannette Roddy; Leigh Gardner; Linda Dubrow-Marshall; Rod Dubrow-Marshall; Elaine Beaumont; Celeste Foster; Joanna Omylinska-Thurston; Sarah Riding; Sarah Eccleston; Mark Widdowson