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Tue, 21 May


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Training to support male victims of domestic abuse (2 half-days)

1 in 6 men suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime and 1 in every 3 victims are male. How can we ensure men and their children receive the support they need in their local community? Training will be delivered over 2 mornings, participants must be able to attend both dates (21st & 22nd May).

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Training to support male victims of domestic abuse (2 half-days)
Training to support male victims of domestic abuse (2 half-days)

Time & Location

21 May 2024, 09:30 – 22 May 2024, 12:30

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About the Event

This training is open to all social work practitioners across Adult and Children's Services within the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership. The training will be held on the morning of the 21st and 22nd of May 2024. Participants must be able to attend both dates. Please see our Partner organisations below. 

The ManKind Initiative Trainer Led Training Course is CPD accredited (7 CPD points) and is created and delivered by qualified experienced experts for the UK’s leading charity focusing on male victims of domestic abuse. It is based on real-life experiences of male victims and front-line practitioners alongside the latest policy and academic research.


The training covers 7 modules:  

  • Module 1: Background and Statistics 
  • Module 2: Domestic & partner abuse against men – what it looks like
  • Module 3: The signs of male domestic abuse 
  • Module 4: Barriers & Stereotypes 
  • Module 5: How to respond 
  • Module 6: Supporting & Safety Planning 
  • Module 7: Summary

Facilitator: Marilyn Selwood has been involved in Domestic Abuse services for over 22 years. She began by working with the local DA outreach service and Avon & Somerset Police drawing on her own lived experiences to create a survivor group (SEEDS) with funding from The Evaluation Trust. Marilyn delivered training and presentations to organisations such as Yarlington Housing Association, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Avon & Somerset Police, CPS and Somerset County Council. Marilyn worked with GOSW (Government Office of the South West) as a survivor voice for the VAWG strategy.

Marilyn went on to become an IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Survivor) supporting high risk victims in the community and then progressed to be a manager for the commissioned Integrated Domestic Abuse Service in Somerset managing IDVAs, outreach workers, referral coordinators, young people’s advocates, perpetrator programme facilitators and the safe accommodation service. Marilyn was responsible for the delivery of Domestic Abuse Awareness Training throughout Somerset on behalf of the local authority and sat on various forums and strategic panels such as the MARAC Steering Group, regional CPS forum and Domestic Abuse Housing Group. She completed the SafeLives Specialist Service Managers qualification in 2015 and successfully lead the service through SafeLives Leading Lights accreditation.

At the beginning of July 2017 Marilyn joined The ManKind Initiative as Services Associate focusing on delivering ManKind’s CPD accredited training as well as writing and project managing the ACORN Recovery Programme. Marilyn is an experienced trainer delivering training, presentations and guest speaking at events across the UK and throughout Europe. She has a vested interest in supporting men from the Armed Forces and recently secured three years funding to deliver the ACORN Recovery Programme to male survivors both serving and veterans in the UK and overseas. Marilyn sits as a specialist panel member on Domestic Homicide Reviews and Serious Case Reviews across the UK.

Marilyn is a member of the Avon & Somerset Police Independent Advisory Group as a specialist critical friend for the force. She is Chair of the Somerset East Regional group and also attends the Strategic IAG (SIAG) and the Counter Terrorism IAG (CTIAG). She has also volunteered as an Appropriate Adult for the Youth Offending Team.

Deadlines for registering:

Friday 19th April 2024

Please note, your space will not be confirmed until after this deadline date, when a member of the Programme Team will be in touch to confirm the status of your booking, i.e. if you have secured a space or if you will be placed on the waiting list

Partner Organisations: 

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City University

Chershire East Council

City of Stoke-on-Trent Council

City of Wolverhampton council

Coventry City Council

Coventry University

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Keele University

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Shropshire Council

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Staffordshire county council

Staffordshire Universty

Telford & Wrekin Council

University of Birmingham

University of Warwick

University of Wolverhampton

University of Worcester

Walsall Council

Warwickshire County Council

Worcestershire County Council

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