My CV tells you I'm an expert consultant who creates training strategies, delivers talks and facilitates workshops for organisations on domestic abuse, mental health, healthy working relationships, and issues affecting young people in and leaving care.
I'm dedicated to making a positive impact through my expertise in domestic abuse, workplace cultures and mental health. At Mind, the UK's largest mental health charity, I managed a range of accounts in the workplace wellbeing department, from large governments to banks. And, as a consultant with domestic abuse prevention charity Tender, I managed a training project funded by the Violence Reduction Unit at The Mayor of London's office, swiftly adapted it for remote delivery during the UK lockdowns, and co-created a large training program for the UK Civil Service and numerous corporate clients.
What it doesn't tell you is that I was in care myself and left school aged 15 with no qualifications. I went on to gain a Masters in social policy at the London School of Economics where I won the Loch Exhibition prize for academic merit.
I pride myself on being able to connect with diverse audiences, delivering empowering messages that have an impact on the way people live and work. I particularly enjoy working with business leaders, industry professionals, and government officials seeking to create supportive and healthy working environments, address domestic abuse issues, and improve mental health awareness and support within their organisations.
Associates and advisors
As a freelance consultant and trainer, I am able to offer cost-effective bespoke domestic abuse training to a wide range of organisations. I also work with a team of talented and diverse associates on larger-scale projects, or those that would benefit from specialist input.
I am the Programme Convenor of the MA in Understanding Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse at Goldsmiths University. I have over 15 years' experience working with the voluntary sector to address domestic and sexual abuse on an individual and organisational policy level, helping to build strategies and interventions that reduce or respond to violence.
I currently provide consultancy services, supporting organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors to develop training and intervention programmes which explore topics including: coercive control, harassment and bullying, sexual misconduct, supporting young people to form healthy relationships and creating workplace DV policies. I also work to build and implement evaluation frameworks for this work to measure and disseminate impact.
Vaijayanti has worked in mental health, social care and education for over 25 years. She started her career in forensic psychiatry working in a medium secure unit in London. She has worked with varied client groups including adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions, challenging behaviours, as well as those with severe and enduring mental health issues. She was employed as a Mental Health Social Worker for eight years before developing the post of Mental Health Coordinator for her local further education College.
Trained in cognitive behavioural therapy and behavioural family therapy, she has a teaching qualification as well has her degree in psychology. She now uses her education and experience to train other professionals.
Dawn and Vaijayanti are developing a domestic abuse and mental health course together. This will be aimed at frontline professionals supporting victims/survivors.
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