The Maternity Project Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) Training Programme is a unique pilot training programme in Ireland as it was collaboratively designed, and content tested with multidisciplinary staff from the three Dublin maternity hospitals (The Rotunda, The Coombe and The National Maternity Hospital) and Cork University Maternity hospital.
Three Levels of Training
The training is framed around the 3 R’s – Recognise, Respond, and Refer.
There are three levels to the Women’s Aid Maternity Project DVA Training Award programme, starting with Bronze and progressing to Silver and Gold. Participants must complete the Bronze level course before they enrol on the Silver level course, and must complete the Silver before enrolling on the Gold level course.
Who is this training for?
All Clinical Staff within the pilot, partner Maternity Hospitals (Rotunda, Coombe, National Maternity Hospital and Cork University Hospital) and two regional sites of University Hospital Kerry Maternity Unit and St. Luke’s Kilkenny Maternity Unit. This includes Medical Social Workers, Midwives, Non-consultant Hospital Doctors, Obstetricians, and Physiotherapists (allied health professionals) and any other clinical staff working within the maternity services. In addition, health care assistants can also avail of this training programme.