The Neighbourhood Wardens of Bradford Council have undergone specialised training to enable them to assist and guide victims of domestic abuse and/or coercive control.

They have also completed Active Bystander training, which was provided by Bradford Council’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Workforce team. This session aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence in England and Wales while equipping participants with tools and strategies to actively intervene in their community.

The wardens have given positive feedback on these sessions and now feel they have a better grasp of the issue. They are more confident in directing victims of domestic abuse or coercive control towards further advice and support.

The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Team also delivered customised training for identifying and responding to domestic abuse, as well as Active Bystander training for recently qualified social workers. Additionally, a group of 44 social workers from South Africa received this training.

Amjad Ishaq, Bradford Council’s Environmental Services and Enforcement Manager, said: “Our wardens are the ‘eyes and ears’ within communities. Their high visibility coupled with an increased awareness of how to recognise and respond to domestic abuse, is a much-needed additional layer of support for anyone needing it.

“This training has given our wardens the confidence to approach and be approached should a situation arise and we as a team are proud to play our part in supporting victims across our district.”

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “It is only by raising awareness and more training that we can ensure that everyone who needs support can receive or access it. This training is a positive step forward and an example of the valuable contribution being made by our Neighbourhoods and Community Service.”