Hollie Gazzard Consulting Limited

A unique service delivering training workshops on Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control, Stalking and Bystander Intervention for businesses, schools, colleges, universities, agencies and professional entities. 

 

Consultancy Services & Training

NGC can offer a range of consultancy services and training covering the following subjects: Working Without Fear, Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control, Healthy Relationships and Stalking. Find out more about each course below.

wwf-company-guidance-1In England and Wales, domestic abuse costs £1.9billion a year in lost economic output.

This is due to decreased productivity, administration difficulties from unplanned time off, lost wages and sick pay. Domestic abuse can impact negatively on an employee’s mental health and wellbeing. It can also impact on staff morale as well as organisational image and reputation. In addition, employers not only have a moral responsibility for the wellbeing of their staff, but they also have a legal responsibility.

With research showing that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, it is likely that the majority of workplaces employ staff who have experienced, or who are currently experiencing abuse, as well as employing those who are perpetrators.

Working Without Fear

Working Without Fear is a workshop created by Nick Gazzard, to teach employers the vital role they play with regards to safeguarding their staff through training, education and raising awareness.

The benefits to the company are numerous including promotion of the business as a socially responsible employer, an increase in profit margins due to retention of the best available staff, together with a reduction in staff absences and turnover and an environment that encourages and supports employees. 

The workshop is a one day course for upto 15 employees, and is split into five keys areas:

1. Understanding and Spotting the Signs of DVA within the workplace:

  • Definitions and a firm understanding of Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control and Stalking. 
  • Identifying the behaviours of a  Perpetrator.
  • Identifying the signs  of a DVA Victim which can include: Psychological, Emotional, Financial, Sexual and Physical damage. 

2. Risk and Impact on the Individual and the Organisation

  • Identifying the risks and impact on your organisation. 
  • Identifying the impact on the victim and their colleagues.
  • How to reduce the risks. 

3. Raising Awareness and Taking Action

  • Raising awareness within the workplace of DVA.
  • Exploring Case Studies of DVA within the workplace
  • Clares Law
  • Hollie Guard

4. Creating the Policy and Implementation

  • Create a draft policy
  • Procedure for implementing the policy.
  • The Pledge
  • Identifying DVA Champions
  • Examples of good employer intervention through videos and case studies. 

5. Responding to a Disclosure, Handling Perpetrators and Signposting

  • How to handle a disclosure with practice sessions. 
  • How to support a colleague and DVA Champion. 
  • How to deal with a perpetrator.
  • Signposting

If you are interested in booking the Working Without Fear workshop or would like to discuss in more detail, please contact us HERE

1/3 of Domestic homicides occur on the work premises

75% of domestic violence victims are targeted at work

78% of male perpetrators of domestic violence use workplace resources

50% of stalking victims have curtailed or stopped work due to stalking 

 

wwf-posters-a4-portrait-no-box-3Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. Companies have frameworks to address harassment and abuse, but are unprepared for dealing with Domestic Violence and Avuse (DVA), coercive control and stalking. Employers need to assess the risk of violence to an employee and make arrangements.

Abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional. It is the power and control over one person by another and there are usually many signs that an employee is affected. Businesses need to understand the importance of work in the lives of victims and apply apporpirate advice and training for staff and management alongside putting policies and procedures in place for disclosure by using their existing infrastructure.

NGC can offer: companies and their staff insight into domestic violence that enables disclosure by employees leading to the retention of top talent. Please contact nick@ngconsulting.org  for further information.

wwf-posters-a4-portrait-no-box-2Coercive Control includes both coercive behaviour and controlling behaviour. It is a form of domestic abuse designed by one individual to abuse and control another. Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten a victim.

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating everyday behaviour. The Serious Crime ACT 2015, created a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship. Coercive Control is now a criminal act.

The new offence closes a gap in the law surrounding patterns of coercively controlling behaviour in intimate and familial relationships. Domestic abuse is one of the few crimes where early intervention can prevent violence and death. In rolling out a programme of workshops in schools, raising awareness of coercive control, education and early intervention it will help prevent abuse in young adults and help them understand healthy relationships. 

Any new law is only effective as those who are trained to use it. Working with front line officers and other blue light services will help them understand the new legislative framework, the tactics of abusers and what living with an abuser actually looks like. 

How do we identify coercive control and collect the appropriate evidence to facilitate a successful prosecution? 

NCG can offer: insight in to the impact of new legislation; the types of evidence to be collected; application of the new offence and living with coercive control; training on the new law from a victim’s perspective; identifying and coping with coercive control and a practical approach to the new legislative framework. Please contact nick@ngconsulting.org  for further information.  

wwf-posters-a4-portrait-no-box-1There is no official definition of stalking, however, it is generally accepted to be ‘a pattern of repeated and persistent unwanted behaviour that is intrusive and engenders fear’. It involves one individual becoming fixated or obsessed with another where the attention is unwanted. Even if there is no threat, this is stalking and it is a crime. It is likely that the majority of workplaces employ staff who have experienced, or who are currently experiencing abuse, as well as employing those who are perpetrators.

Stalking and domestic abuse can happen to anyone and one third of domestic homicides occur on work premises (approximately 30 murders each year). Many companies do not realise that 78% of male perpetrators use workplace resources and that five per cent of domestic violence stalkers will turn up at the workplace of their victim. In addition, eight per cent of stalking cases involves a work colleague. Businesses need to be aware of the facts so that they can act appropriately.

NCG can offer: information (as part of the Working Without Fear project) on what stalking is and the different ways this presents. How to spot the signs of stalking and an introduction to Risk Assessments using V-DASH. The impact of stalking on the employee and the workplace along with how to handle a disclosure. Cyber stalking will also be covered along with the ‘six golden rules’. Please contact nick@ngconsulting.org  for further information.

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Alcohol is a contributory factor to sexual violence, providing disinhibition and making people who may not ordinarily be vulnerable, periodically at risk. The night time economy can present opportunity for sexual predators to take advantage of increased levels of vulnerability caused through alcohol and drugs. There is evidence from analysis of data in Gloucestershire to suggest some sexual violence is an issue related to the night time economy; the vulnerability training being proposed will target safer nights.

Statistics show that there is a growing trend in serious crime involving alcohol. There has been a continuous rise in serious crime involving alcohol over the past five years. In particular, the number of intoxicated victims shows a marked increase. Alcohol provides disinhibitions and increases the vulnerability of women and girls in the night time economy.

NCG can offer: inovative training that will be to  equip key staff and police with the right knowledge and confidence to assess vulnerability and initiate appropriate safeguarding; give police officers insight into victims’ needs and dispel common myths; equip staff and police working in the night time economy with the knowledge to identify potential sexual predators and confidence to take positive action; create a culture of zero tolerance to sexual predatory behaviour and to prevent serious sexual violence. The Innovative training will include the use of brain science and will be victim-centric based involving specialist IDVAs. Please contact nick@ngconsulting.org  for further information.

hollie-guardHollie Guard turns a smartphone into an advanced personal safety device at the touch of a button. If in danger, simply shake your phone to generate an alert, your location, audio and video evidence of the incident will automatically be sent to your emergency contact via text and email. Shake it again and it sends out a high pitched alarm and the flash starts to strobe, in order to attract maximum attention.

From the moment Hollie Guard is activated, your location is tracked and can be viewed in real time by your emergency contact. Evidence is not stored on the smartphone but streamed to secure servers so that it can be used in future as evidence.

Hollie Guard also contains many other features including:

For travel, meetings and lone workers. Full details can be found on the website: www.hollieguard.com. The only free app of its kind on the market!

Hollie Guard is ideal for stalking and domestic violence victims and will assist in collating vital evidence.

Authorised by Gloscestershire Constabularly and working  with vulnerable individuals.

Also certified by Secured By Design the official Police Security Initiative. 

NCG can offer: training on the use of Hollie Guard, its functionality, features and intended target audiences. Please contact nick@ngconsulting.org  for further information.

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Many people, especially in younger age groups, do not understand what a healthy relationship is. Often, those in abusive relationships have simply accepted that the issues they face on a day-to-day basis are normal. However, there is evidence to suggest that with guidance, education and raising awareness of unacceptable behaviours by perpetrators, it is possible to change attitudes and help ensure that more people are able to escape abusive relationships. 

NCG can offer: training, advice and guidance on what constitutes a ‘healthy’ relationship together with insight into signposting young people and employees to appropriate agencies that offer help and support for victims. Please contact nick@ngconsulting.org  for further information.

Conference Arranging

NGC can offer a range of conferences including working without fear, understanding coercive control and stalking.

In England and Wales, domestic abuse costs £1.9billion a year in lost economic output due to decreased productivity, administration difficulties and unplanned time off, lost wages and sick pay. Domestic abuse can impact negatively on an employee’s health and wellbeing. It can impact on staff morale as well as organisational image and reputation.

The statistics for violence in the workplace are staggering. One third of all domestic homicides occur on work premises, and 75 per cent of all domestic violence victims are targeted at work. With research showing that one in four women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, it is likely that the majority of workplaces employ staff who have experienced, or who are still experiencing abuse. In workplace domestic violence, eight per cent of stalking cases involve a work colleague. Equally, many companies employ those who are perpetrators – these issues are extremely important to both men and women.

Working Without Fear – run by Nick Gazzard Consulting (NGC) – highlights the issues for both companies and their employees because 78 per cent of male perpetrators of domestic violence use workplace resources, while 79 per cent of male stalkers will use these same resources to target a victim. Frighteningly, 75 per cent of domestic violence stalkers will turn up at a victim’s place of work. Figures also show that 50 per cent of stalking victims have curtailed or stopped work due to stalking, while 20 per cent of employed women take time off work because of domestic abuse. These are worrying statistics surrounding issues that need raising, addressing and eventually, eradicating. Employers need to take responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their employees, whether they recognise them as vulnerable or not. Many victims hide what they are going through for an extremely long time and if someone can hide abuse from friends and family, it follows that they can hide it from their work colleagues and employer.

NGC can offer: event and conference management, for large or small groups of attendees, project management, venues and appropriate guest speakers. Please contact nick@ngconsulting.org  for further information.

Understanding Coercive Control is a conference and learning event for all professionals who come into contact with Domestic Abuse. The event will provide an overview of what Coercive Control is; the new law and how it is implemented; the prevalence and risk associated with Coercive control; support available; and the policing response.Expert speakers will provide an insight into the professional response to victims, and local case studies to illustrate the impact of coercive control. 

Presentations include:

The need for change – this session will highlight the prevalence of coercive control with statistics and go on to use case studies to show why the previous law was incapable of assisting victims and how this has led to failings including fatalities.  The session will also highlight that there has never been any law against domestic abuse.  The session will also involve a breakout session for attendees to advise on a case study in relation to coercive control.  This will highlight the gaps in their knowledge as very few attendees will identify the correct solutions.

A practical approach – will look at the how the coercive control legislation links with other laws already in existence in both the civil and criminal law to assist practitioners in providing fast and effective protection to victims of coercive control. Examples of these are Domestic Violence Protection Orders, revenge porn, modern slavery and non-molestations orders to name but a few.

Theory of Victimisation – the session will cover the role of professionals in understanding the significance and impact of trauma and victimisation. This is particularly relevant for victims who experience a high level of coercive control. We will cover the subjects of romantic terrorism, coercive control, trauma bonding and love bombing. The story of “Frankie” a previous client of Aurora’s will provide a great example for where professionals need to place coercive control and the theory of victimisation into the centre of all they do when supporting survivors. 

Case study – this session will cover Hollie’s story and will outline the coercive control that Hollie suffered. It will link various elements of coercive control to specific incidents in Hollie’s relationship with Maslin. This will show how easily a manipulative perpetrator can start to enforce coercive controlling behaviour on a victim in a relatively short period of time.

An overview of the GDASS service, what support can be provided and a picture of domestic abuse in Gloucestershire. 

The police response to the new offence of coercive control, the practical difficulties for police and how the police response can be improved. 

NGC can offer: event and conference management for large or small groups of attendees, project management, venues and appropriate guest speakers. Please contact nick@ngconsulting.org  for further information. 

Conferences on stalking – a new initiative coming soon to NGC.