The nationwide lockdown highlighted the importance of identifying and supporting those at risk of abuse in the home, with many people forced to stay in hostile and sometimes life-threatening home environments. How are Big Local areas working to support those who may find themselves in this situation? This session aims to provide a broad understanding of the risk factors that can lead to abuse and how to start working on this safely.

This session will include:

  • Risk factors that can make people more vulnerable to experiencing abuse
  • What support is already out there, who has a responsibility to respond, and who to partner with locally
  • Practical ideas and examples for how groups like Big Locals could help and what it is appropriate for them to do
  • Key considerations when doing this type of work such as safeguarding for volunteers, staff and people you are working with and the principle of ‘do no harm’
  • Where to find more information
  • A chance for attendees to ask questions, get feedback on ideas and share what they’re already doing

We know that domestic abuse is a challenging topic to cover and that many will have their own experiences as survivors, children and of friends and family. If you need to leave the session please let the trainer know in the chat. If you need support you can speak to the trainer at the end of the session.

The workshop will be led by Luke Martin for SafeLives.

Luke Martin has over a decade of experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, including men, women and people from LBGT+ communities. Luke has been brought into several services to create and establish support services for male victims of domestic abuse such as Arch North Staffs and Solace Women’s Aid. He is an active lecturer with an academic background in law.


Learning and Networking with Big Local aims to foster skills, enthusiasm and connections. Open to all Big Local areas, we invite you to take part and share your ideas.

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