Sexual Violence Awareness

OSARCC provides the only specialist holistic service in Oxfordshire for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence.  We also offer training to professionals who may work with survivors of any gender, in order to share our expertise and ensure that survivors are met with the best response possible by as many agencies as possible.

This two-day course aims to progressively develop your knowledge, skills and confidence relating to sexual violence and the support needs of survivors.  You will learn theory, consider case studies, and put your skills into practice with roleplay scenarios - all in a supportive, collaborative learning environment facilitated by an experienced trainer.

Day I: Introduction to Sexual Violence

This knowledge-focused day covers:

  • The nature and prevalence of sexual violence
  • Common perpetrator tactics
  • Myths surrounding sexual violence
  • The impacts of sexual violence
  • Reporting and the legal process
  • Key referral pathways

Day II: Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence

This skills-focused day covers:

  • Barriers to disclosure and overcoming them
  • Creating a safe environment for disclosures
  • Responding appropriately and managing trauma responses
  • Options following disclosure, including for recent incidents
  • Working within an empowerment model
  • Individual and organisational responsibilities

Who should attend

This course is suitable for any professional who works with or may come across survivors of sexual violence of any gender, in any context:

  • Charity and voluntary work
  • Health and social care
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Legal and law enforcement
  • Recruitment and HR


Day I & II: £180 full price  //  £140 charity rate  //  £100 South Oxon rate*

Day I only: £100 full price  //  £100 charity rate  //  £60 South Oxon rate*

*Thanks to funding from South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC), we are able to offer this discounted rate to professionals who are working with clients living within the SODC boundaries. Please see this map to check if this applies to you:

These prices include course delivery, materials and refreshments for one delegate.  Please note that lunch is not provided.  Failure to cancel a booking within three days of the course running will result in the full cost of the course being charged.

Dates & locations - Click on your preferred date in order to book your place

Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th March 2020 @ South Oxfordshire District Council, Milton Park, Abingdon

What people have said about our training

"The training was handled in a mature, relaxed and competent way - I recommend it highly and without reservation"
"Above and beyond what I expected - really thorough training and I'll be telling people about it at every opportunity"
"Excellent session - really covered a lot of ground in an intuitive and accessible way"
"Absolutely wonderful - clear, challenging, knowledgeable and supportive"
"Great mix of talking, presentation and case studies"

Looking for training on something else?  In addition to our pre-packaged courses, we also deliver bespoke training sessions in-house, tailored to your specific organisational context and needs.  Get in touch at for an initial, no-commitment consultation.