DA Champions Network

The NIDAS DA Champions Network provides training to people throughout the county, to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and provide a first step of support for those in need.

Access to the Champions Network Portal and resources is by registration only.

About the Champions Network

People who are working in front facing roles are best placed to identify and respond to those who may be living with domestic abuse. Once trained, NIDAS domestic abuse champions can be the first response to domestic abuse.

With this initial, free two day course, delegates will be trained to understand the dynamics of power and control, and how to identify, assess and manage risk. Delegates are trained to understand their Domestic Abuse Champion role does not train them to become a domestic abuse specialist. The role of a champion is to have the skills, knowledge and confidence to identify domestic abuse and to respond safely, with confidence, and to encourage any victim to access specialist support from specialist agencies, including NIDAS.

How to become a DA Champion

If you would like to be considered to attend our free, two day NIDAS Domestic Abuse training, please discuss with your line manager and complete the application form (please note, both days need to be completed to become a NIDAS Domestic Abuse Champion).

Please note, the priority is currently offered to those working within the health and education sectors. Those who work in other sectors will be placed on a waiting list and contacted when places are available.

Once completed, please send to dachampions@nidasnorfolk.co.uk

Training is delivered monthly and once your application form has been sent to the team, one of our NIDAS Recovery and Community Facilitators will be in touch with the next available dates and venues.

This training is available for those working in Norfolk only.

What being a DA Champion means

We know victims of domestic abuse are more likely to disclose to another professional, before accessing a domestic abuse specialist support service.

NIDAS Domestic Abuse Champion training, equips professionals with the confidence and competence to identify and safely respond to victims of domestic abuse. This early intervention will support victims accessing the right support at the right time which can reduce harm and escalation of risk.

Being part of the NIDAS Domestic Abuse network, you will be part of a growing network (currently 1,000 strong), from a range of services and professions. Regular networking, learning and refresher events bring champions together to develop relationships, based on the same understanding of the dynamics of power and control and how domestic abuse impacts on the victim and the shared understanding of needs and risks and the awareness of the each other’s services.

We know the most effective support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse is when a joined-up approach is used. As a trained NIDAS Domestic Abuse Champion, you may be in a position to be the first (or only) point of contact a victim of domestic abuse.

  • Two-day free training to become a Domestic Abuse Champion.
  • Regular networking events.
  • Ongoing training including refresher training as well as specialist subjects to offer continued learning and development.
  • Access to advice and case consults with domestic abuse specialists.
  • Regular networking events with other trained domestic abuse.
  • This a voluntary role, so please be mindful of the impact this may have on your current responsibilities.
  • The training is not intended for you to be a domestic abuse specialist, but to be the point of contact to support people into appropriate services.
  • As a NIDAS Domestic Abuse Champion, you will be expected to keep up to date on local services and how to access them.
  • Promote your role within your organisation and ensure colleagues are aware of how you can offer support.
  • Ensure domestic abuse materials are displayed within their agency
  • Contribute to the development and effectiveness of the Champion network
  • Attend at least one networking event annually.