Training & Awareness

Sonas has been providing support services to women and children experiencing domestic abuse for over 25 years. We are the largest frontline service providing emergency response to victims of domestic abuse through refuge, Safe Homes, telephone advice and court accompaniment.

We provide client-centred, needs-led, trauma-informed frontline supports to victims of domestic abuse on a case management basis. Our practice of supporting child and adult victims of domestic abuse is based on a holistic needs assessment of which risk assessment is integral; our approach is rights-based, respectful of client experience and choices, shaped by client-defined goals with safety paramount.

All Sonas services are provided by appropriately qualified professional staff.

Sonas Training is led by Head of Services Todd Prevost; Todd has a background in law enforcement and education in the US. He has worked with victims, perpetrators and professionals on established progammes and designed new programmes in response to presenting client needs.

If you are interested in awareness and/ or training around domestic abuse please contact: tprevost@sonasdomesticabuse.ie or slogan@sonasdomesticabuse.ie

Current Training Programmes

  • Sonas has designed the training resource for the HSE and is providing a train the trainer programme in the area of domestic, sexual and gender based violence (HSE action under the current strategy).
  • Approximately 50% of our clients are children experiencing various degrees of trauma in the context of being victims of domestic abuse; in recognition of Sonas’s experience of supporting children experiencing domestic abuse often as part of a wider ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) profile Sonas has been selected to deliver in 2020 the TLC Programme – a trauma-informed psycho-educational group programme for children who have experienced domestic abuse by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Children and Young Persons Services Committee/ Tusla. The programme is overseen by Community Services Manager Sonya Logan, who has expertise in trauma-informed care relating to children experiencing domestic abuse.

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.