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Welcome to Spotlight, the podcast that shines a light on the issues around domestic abuse

Spotlight: the podcast for the domestic abuse sector SafeLives

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    • 3.8 • 6 Ratings

Welcome to Spotlight, the podcast that shines a light on the issues around domestic abuse

    Counter Allegations podcast with Lucy Giles

    Counter Allegations podcast with Lucy Giles

    In its latest podcast, SafeLives' Lucy Giles highlights the challenges that domestic abuse professionals face identifying primary perpetrators in cases of domestic abuse and dealing with counter allegations.

    Counter allegations, where both parties allege abuse, are a common challenge for professionals encountering domestic abuse. Prevailing misconceptions about the nature of domestic abuse and counter allegations can result in increased risk for victims and children. For example, victims may be unable to access services, risking further isolation and victimisation. They may even lose care of their children and suffer psychological impact from not being believed. Concerningly, if such cases are not identified and resolved properly, agencies’ actions may inadvertently help the perpetrator to isolate and control the victim further.

    This podcast walks domestic abuse practitioners through SafeLives’ new expert guidance.

    • 24 min
    What does healthy look like? Starting conversations with young people about relationships

    What does healthy look like? Starting conversations with young people about relationships

    Young people experience the highest rates of domestic abuse of any age group. Professionals working with young people are in the unique position to support them to have healthy relationships during this critical window - before they harm or are harmed. They can also be there to support and speak to a young person if they are worried about their relationship.

    To do this, professionals need to feel confident starting conversations about relationships. Building on our research, we have developed a resource pack for professionals to use to start conversations with young people about relationships and explore what healthy looks like.

    Read more: https://safelives.org.uk/voices-men-and-boys

    Download the resource pack: https://safelives.org.uk/sites/default/files/resources/SafeLives%20Resource%20Pack%20-%20final.pdf

    • 25 min
    Staying Safe At Home: domestic abuse - the impact on older people

    Staying Safe At Home: domestic abuse - the impact on older people

    In this podcast we hear from SafeLives’ practice consultant Lucy Giles and Emily McCarron from Age UK discussing the effect of COVID-19 on the prevalence of elder abuse and the impact of elder abuse in general.

    Please note: this podcast was recorded remotely so please excuse the audio quality

    • 32 min
    Staying Safe At Home: Checking in with DCC Louisa Rolfe

    Staying Safe At Home: Checking in with DCC Louisa Rolfe

    In this podcast we hear from Jo Silver, Director of Innovation at SafeLives as she sits down again with Louisa Rolfe, Deputy Chief Constable of West Midlands Police to discuss what has changed a couple of months on from when lockdown started.

    Please note that government restrictions, social distancing and shielding guidance has changed since this podcast was recorded however, it still offers an interesting look into the Police response to COVID-19 and how they can help those who are concerned about a partner or family member’s behaviour during this time.

    For the most recent government guidance on covid-19, go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

    • 28 min
    Staying Safe at Home: Dr Jess Roy on supporting children during Covid-19

    Staying Safe at Home: Dr Jess Roy on supporting children during Covid-19

    Collette Eaton-Harris speaks to Dr Jess Roy of Bristol University, about the changed risks children may be facing at home, and how social workers can safely work with them during Covid-19

    • 28 min
    Safe at Home: Supporting clients remotely under lockdown

    Safe at Home: Supporting clients remotely under lockdown

    Deidre from SafeLives speaks to Zoe Jackson from Aurora New Dawn, about how her team have been supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse during lockdown

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

MissyRissy ,

Working with perpetrators in COVIDtimes episode

I liked this episode, but it stayed a little too squarely in the anger management approach to dealing with perpetrators, and not much to help get at the gendered aspects of looking at perpetration at this time. Like, getting to gendered expectations/burdens about employment and childcare and housework.

DrinkerBelle ,

Need More Resources Like This!!

Excellent conversations on struggles surrounding abuse. Talking, sharing, and hearing stories is critical to breaking stigmas surrounding domestic abuse and mental illness and HELPING people.

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