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Getting to know you

We ask you to share your motivations for taking the course.
My name is Parveen Ali and I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at The University of Sheffield. I’m the lead educator on this course, which aims to help health and social care professionals, and others interested in learning about domestic violence and abuse, to see how they can support those who are affected by it. In terms of my research, I’m interested in exploring gender, gender-based violence, domestic violence and abuse, and what is the role of health and social care professionals in supporting those affected by it.
I hope that health and social care professionals and others joining this course will find the information useful and will be able to take some messages, which they can apply into their practice. I’m Alison Higgins, and I’m the Strategic Commissioning Manager for Domestic and Sexual Abuse in Sheffield City Council. I’m in charge of the strategy around domestic and sexual abuse for Sheffield. My name’s Amy Lampard. I’m a GP, but I’m also the designated doctor for adult safeguarding at Sheffield CCG. I’m Liz Forrest. I’m a Senior Family Solicitor at Howell’s practice in Sheffield. I specialise in particularly domestic violence cases. My name’s Matthew Grocott. I’m Police Constable 3194. I’m based at Ecclesfield Police Station in Sheffield and work on the response team.
My name’s Detective Superintendent Melanie Palin and I work for South Yorkshire Police. And I’m the force lead for protecting vulnerable people, and also South Yorkshire Police’s lead for domestic abuse. My name is Michaela Rogers. I’m a Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the Department of Sociological Studies. My name’s Sam Goulding, and I am the South Yorkshire Regional Manager looking after the IDVA teams in Sheffield and Barnsley. I’m Zlakha Ahmed and I’m the Chief Executive at Apna Haq. Apna Haq is an organisation that supports black and ethnic minority women around issues of domestic and sexual violence. My name is Maggie Spark and I’m a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist.
I’m a human rights law researcher and I’m a legal academic, so I’ve always researched criminal justice issues and, particularly, policing issues. But I’m very interested in the human rights dimensions of what the police do in particular areas, chiefly domestic violence prevention.

Over the past few months, we’ve been talking to a range of professionals who are all involved in supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse. Each week, they’ll help us put our learning into context with their first-hand experiences.

In this video, our course educators and practitioners introduce themselves and tell us about the experience that they bring to the course.

What experience do you bring to the course?
What do you hope to get out of the course?

You may be a health or social care professional or thinking about a career in this area, perhaps you already have experience of supporting victims of DVA.

Please use the discussion on this step to introduce yourself and let us know why you have signed up for this course.

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