Criminology students learn about domestic abuse

Keely and Laura talking to students via Microsoft Teams.

Criminology, Communities and Criminal Justice students at Barnsley College Higher Education got the chance to listen to guest speakers, Keely Grainger from Remedi and Laura Ridal from IDAS, talk about their extensive careers working in the restorative justice system.

Students first heard from Keely Grainger, a Restorative Domestic Abuse Manager at Remedi, who talked about her personal experience of supporting her best friend through an abusive relationship that ended in tragedy. This motivated her to create CEASE, a four-session educational programme which aims to help young people recognise the subtle indications of an abusive relationship, understand the options available to them, identify local sources of support and Create Empowerment and Self Efficacy (CEASE).

Laura Ridal, an Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor at IDAS, spoke to students about the process of helping the victims of domestic abuse and how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of domestic abuse crimes. Their session also covered aspects of working with the police, reducing risk, mentoring and training.

“Once I complete my degree, I am hoping to work in victim support and this really helped me realise it’s where I truly want to be.”

Emily Neesam, a Criminology, Communities and Criminal Justice Foundation Degree student, said: “During my time at Barnsley College Higher Education, I have been lucky enough to hear different guest speakers talk to us about their jobs. Once I complete my degree, I am hoping to work in victim support and this really helped me realise it’s where I truly want to be.”

Luke Hellewell, Public Services HE Pathway Leader at Barnsley College, added: “We were grateful when Keely and Laura spoke to our degree students about the restorative justice system and the opportunities available to them within the industry. I’d really like to thank them both for sharing their experiences with our students.”

Last updated: 1st April 2021