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NEW sexual violence training with BSL translation

21 May, 2024
Woman looking directly to camera, wearing black with brown curly hair smiling. Another woman is at the front of the image to the right with her hair tied back and also wearing black. She is using her hands to provide sign language translation.

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We are proud to launch our NEW sexual violence awareness training with British Sign Language (BSL) translation.

2.3% of adults (3.3% women and 1.2% men) aged 16 years and over were victims of sexual assault (including attempts) in the year ending March 2022. This equates to an estimated 1.1 million adults (798,000 women and 275,000 men).

Sexual violence devastates lives. Training on the impact of sexual violence and how to respond to anyone impacted can help to create a safer more supportive environment.

Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) trains over 8000 professionals nationally each year. IDAS was the first domestic abuse and sexual violence charity to offer online training and has since launched a new sexual violence awareness course with BSL translation provided by The Deaf health charity SignHealth.

SignHealth is a Deaf-led team working towards a future where there are no barriers to good health and wellbeing for Deaf people. Funded by the Home Office, SignHealth have provided BSL translations for the online, interactive training programme.

Kerry Griffiths, IDAS Training Manager, said of the training, “We believe in empowerment through education. By attending our training, you are not just gaining knowledge; you are becoming part of a movement to shift the culture so that anyone impacted feels supported and can get the assistance they may need. Together, we can make a real difference in combating sexual violence. We are proud to have partnered with SignHealth who have provided BSL translations, funded by the Home Office, to ensure this vital training is accessible to as many people as possible.”

Including recent changes to legislation and types of sexual violence that maybe carried out online, the training is packed full of engaging content, including professional videos. You can take the training at a time and place that suits your needs.

Find out more and watch the BSL translated welcome video.

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