Sonas has been providing support services to women and children for over 20 years. We are routinely asked by charities, community organisations and statutory bodies to provide training about domestic abuse in general and the impact of domestic abuse on women, children and families.
One of our key specialist areas is working directly with children experiencing domestic abuse. Our dedicated Children’s Support Team work with children across Sonas services on a one to one basis, in groups and with their mothers to rebuild the parent child bond. We use play-centred and structured activities to give children the space to disclose their experiences, process their emotions safely and, importantly sometimes, to just play.
Our training is practical and focussed. We use our practice based learning of supporting over 1,200 women and children a year to shape the training we provide. All training is lead out by Sonas Head of Services Cristina Hurson who is is a Certified Adult Education Training Facilitator.
What they say about Sonas training and awareness work…
“I would like to extend our sincere thanks to you both for coming to meet with us, we all really appreciated the excellent presentation and discussion that lead on from it.
The themes and issues raised have given us lots of “food for thought” and we are hoping to take some of the suggestions forward to include an educational piece re DV in our groups and also to consider different ways of exploring this issue as part of our assessment.
We look forward to having continued links with ye and the service and thanks again for taking the time to meet with us.”
NIAP, Temple Street, Children’s University Hospital
“Many thanks again for a brilliant presentation and briefing session this morning. The team really enjoyed it and felt they learned a lot of excellent first-hand knowledge.
We look forward to working with Sonas in the future and any help myself or the Merchants Quay Ireland team can give Sonas please feel free to contact us.”
Merchants Quay Ireland
“Informative and interesting – definitely increased my knowledge of domestic violence issues – I wasn’t aware of the level of services Sonas offers – the visiting community support and prison in reach for example. Powerpoint and presentation were excellent.”
“Learned more about agency support from initial referral to helping an individual experiencing homelessness as a result of domestic violence out of their homeless situation and into safe accommodation and rebuilding their lives.”
“I feel the session has helped me very much – I am better informed and therefore will be more confident dealing with clients who are facing domestic violence – I have the knowledge now of what services are available and I am confident making a referral or even just to talk to a client and try to encourage them to engage with services that will assist them”.
Responses from participants including representatives from Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council, HSE Programme for the Homeless and Dublin City Council Place Finders Service.