Because the people affected by domestic abuse are our patients, our clients, our colleagues and our friends.
Who are we? ASC is run by charity Medics Against Violence with the support of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. MAV is run by clinicians who aim to change attitudes to violence and reduce levels of injury. The VRU is an innovative unit of Police Scotland who design and implement ground breaking approaches to violence reduction.
Ask Support Care (ASC) is a training programme aimed at anyone who may encounter those affected by domestic abuse in the course of their day-to-day job. From doctors and dentists to vets, firefighters and hairdressers we can help you spot the signs of domestic abuse, ask the right questions and ensure those affected get the support they need. We can all ASC.
ASC is a day long course. We use a train the trainer approach so employees can go back to their workplace and pass on the key skills they've learned to others. You don't need prior training or experience of working with domestic abuse to become an ASC trainer.
Our training uses a mixture of presentations, group work exercises and our own films. On completion of training you will be able to download all of our resources for use in your own training sessions. We can also provide ongoing support for your own training.
ASC is a train the trainers programme and the course is a full day long. You do not need prior training or experience of working with domestic abuse to become an ASC trainer, it is aimed at those who do not primarily work in the domestic abuse field.
Our training day incorporates elements of bystander training as well as training on a tried and tested method of encouraging professionals to raise the issue, AVDR. AVDR was developed by Dr Barbara Gerbert formerly from the University of California San Francisco. We will provide you with enough knowledge through lectures, group work sessions and role play to allow you to roll out this training in your workplace or to other colleagues in your profession. We will also provide all the materials and ongoing support that you might need if you choose to become a trainer. We aim to increase your understanding of domestic abuse and to help you to realise the valuable role many professionals can play in supporting those experiencing abuse just by following a few simple steps. We can also provide short awareness raising presentations to organisations who would like to have more information before deciding on whether this training is for them. Just get in touch.
Our courses are provided free of charge to public sector, third sector or educational organisations in Scotland. These bookings are subject to a small short-notice cancellation or no show fee. If you work in the private sector and are interested in our courses please get in touch.
We have a number of resources you can download and use for your own training. We also have some branded materials which you may wish to order. We implement a charge for large orders of materials.
Our resources include the presentation used on your train the trainers day so that you can refresh your memory prior to training others. Our film 'Harder' in both a long and short version along with other films that we may have used during your training and which you may find useful. The training manual will guide you through the hour long presentation which you can deliver to your colleagues. You are welcome to adapt this to include local information. We have also scripted some of the activities that we recommend you use in training colleauges. Finally we have included some poster and CPD templates that you can adapt.