SafeLives has contributed to and reviewed the content of this domestic abuse game, and support its use within a safe training environment.
The Domestic Abuse Training Game is a useful resource for anyone who engages with the public and service users. On January 21st 2019, the UK government published the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill, which is currently being progressed through Parliament, and is intended to support victims and help pursue offenders. In Scotland, the Domestic Abuse, (Scotland), Act came into force in April 2019.
The Domestic Abuse Training Game will help improve responses and support effective education and training, regarding all aspects of domestic abuse, for qualified and student professionals, such as:
- Allied Health Professionals
- Care Providers
- Educational Staff
- Health Visitors
- Nurses & Midwives
- Police Officers
- Social Workers
An engaging and informative way for groups of up to 12 people to learn. The game can be used as an informal activity in the workplace, or as part of more structured training or workshops.
Two teams of players compete to take their playing pieces to the “Safety Zone,” by providing correct answers to questions and successfully exploring scenarios involving fictional individuals.
SafeLives would always recommend that the person leading the game has a good background knowledge of domestic abuse, safeguarding and local/national frameworks for support. They have also written a specific guidance note, which should be reviewed before playing the game.
- Question Cards - allow players to test and build their knowledge of key issues related to domestic abuse. Questions are designed to promote discussion, and players are encouraged to talk about their answers, share ideas and learn from each other.
- Persona Cards - information about a fictional individual and their circumstances.
- Scenario Cards - these allow players to apply some of the knowledge they have gained during the game. Teams are asked to look at the information on a Persona Card and talk about how they might respond to scenarios involving the individual.