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Table of Contents

  1. Welcome to the C-SAP mini-site!
  2. Introducing the theme of the mini-site - domestic violence
  3. What do you already know about domestic violence? Try this quiz to find out...
  4. Surprised by some of the answers to the quiz? Here's an opportunity to find out more about domestic violence...
  5. Now you know more about domestic violence, what about volunteering in this field while you're at university? Why not consider working on a domestic violence helpline...
  6. Want to know more about how you might volunteer in the field of domestic violence? Read Damian's account here...
  7. More on volunteering in the field of domestic violence while you're at university... Why not consider outreach work with young people?
  8. So what's it like volunteering in outreach work? Here's an interview with Kirsty, who volunteers for Safe and Sound; and a piece by Lesley, who worked with women and girls involved in prostitution...
  9. A link to a key way of finding volunteering opportunities near where you're located...
  10. Counselling: spotlighting a career route you might take after volunteering in the field of domestic violence and starting to study for postgraduate counselling qualifications...
  11. Real-life case studies of careers that might develop from volunteering in the field of domestic violence or related areas...
  12. Emily's experiences of working part-time while a Sociology student
  13. Doing outreach work with children - A discussion of work done at Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum
  14. Being a Service Manager for Refuge and Children's Services - BA (Hons) Social and Cultural Studies graduate, Jennifer, talks about her career
  15. Joining the Police - An interview with Tracy, a Chief Inspector
  16. Being a Training Officer - Diane talks about her work at Safe and Sound, Derby
  17. Working for an Offender Learning and Skills Service Project - An interview with Katie, who has a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Criminology and is currently studying for an MA in Criminology
  18. From Nursing to Counselling, via the Prison Service - Daphne talks about her career
  19. Managing a Voluntary Sector Organisation - Yasmin talks about her role at Derby Women's Centre
  20. Called to the Bar - An interview with Georgina, a Barrister
  21. Working as a Journalist - An interview with James, a Deputy Editor of a national newspaper
  22. Teaching as a Career - An interview with Christina, who has a BA (Hons) Politics and a PGCE in English and Citizenship, and is now a Head-Teacher
  23. Getting Elected as a Local Councillor - An interview with Stephanie, who did Combined Honours in Sociology and English and has an MA in Gender Studies
  24. Getting Elected as an MP - An interview with Sally Keeble MP, who has a degree in Sociology
  25. A link to a key careers website...
  26. If the material in this mini-site has affected you, here are organisations that can offer help
  27. Conditions of use

Want to know more about how you might volunteer in the field of domestic violence? Read Damian's account here...

Photo: Damian Carnell from Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum addressing a group of students

I am currently Director of Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum (NDVF). I have been an employee of NDVF since 2002.

I have worked consistently in the Domestic Violence Voluntary Sector since 1993 when I entered the sector in a voluntary capacity. Prior to that I had: gained a degree in fine art printmaking, set up art and craft based businesses, done horticulture and joinery based work and volunteered with art and art therapy workshops in care homes, drug rehabilitation centres and special needs-based college departments. I'd also coordinated projects with artist collectives.

But in 1993 I saw an advert in a newspaper asking for volunteers to run a domestic violence perpetrator programme and this became the start of a new direction for me

I had for several years seen and challenged male violence against women as an individual, but here was an opportunity to be part of an organisation doing just that. Over the next three years I volunteered within the organisation in many roles from being a Programme Facilitator, Information Line Advisor, Management Committee Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator, gaining many skills and experiences. These have been priceless both for personal growth and career development. In 1997 I had paid employment within the same organisation as the Men's Programme Coordinator. Even then I still kept up with some volunteering because of my desire to give some time and skills in support of a charitable cause for no financial gain.

Volunteering should be at least a two way bonus, in that the organisation gains free skills to help with their outputs and the volunteer should be rewarded not only with the experience of that but also with further skills development. I have given a lot to volunteering in the Domestic Violence Voluntary Sector towards their outputs and invested a lot of my free time to help support survivors and challenge perpetrators.

In return, aside from meeting some very inspiring and fantastic people, volunteering gave me free training on domestic violence issues to gain awareness and good practice skills, training on fundraising and finance, management committee roles and responsibilities, safeguarding children training, policy making, and a range of diversity and equalities issue-based courses. I was also able to attend seminars and conferences to learn about local and national developments in the sector and network and link with practitioners across the UK.

Whilst volunteering I became involved in the National Practitioners Network of Perpetrator Programmes developing good practice standards, and soon became involved in running workshops and giving presentations. Once I took up post of Programme Coordinator I, along with a core group from the Network formed, in 2000, the National Association of Perpetrator Programmes called RESPECT. This Association has led the way forward on promoting and guiding good practice work in the UK with perpetrators of domestic violence.

Volunteering opened doors for me, doors to social issues I knew little about and others I had wanted to know more about. It opened doors to a career and for my own character growth too. Volunteering has been invaluable and incredibly rewarding for me and I still do it, though for other causes now. We need and I'd love to inspire others to volunteer in the Domestic Violence Sector.

So far, we've looked at volunteering with adults, on the telephone rather than face-to-face. In the next section, the focus is on outreach, particularly with young people...

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