Sexual violence can profoundly impact a person. The pain, shattered trust and emotional distress can make it hard for them to function both physically and mentally.
And if the incident happens in the workplace, it can impact not only the survivor and their family, but also their coworkers and the whole sector in which they work.
However, if they have a colleague who is equipped to give them dedicated help, empathetic guidance and tailored support, then they can experience healing and empowerment, and learn to move forward. This is what a Survivor Liaison Officer does. After an incident they provide a safe, knowledgeable point of contact for survivors of sexual violence, impacted family members, and the organisation.
✅ Understand trauma and symptoms specific to sexual violence
✅ Listen with empathy and offer emotional support to a victim
✅ Signpost to relevant information and resources
✅ Advocate to relevant people on the victim’s behalf
✅ Communicate well with the family / families of the survivor(s)
AT A GLANCE
📍 Venue: Online (or in-person in London or Nairobi)
⏰ Duration: 3 half days online or 2 full days in-person
🎓 Learning Style: Presentations, discussion, roleplay
👥 Perfect for: Empathetic team members with good communication skills
💬 We say: “A good Survivor Liaison Officer can significantly improve the life of a survivor, and make their path to recovery easier.”
“We have a number of staff working overseas and it’s important that we have the skills and knowledge to support them if and when a traumatic event occurs. Thrive was recommended as the best fit for addressing these needs. This training not only built confidence in our staff but also reinforced their skills and aptitude. It highlighted knowledge gaps and the need for ongoing personal and skills development. It also helped clarify processes that should be in place and make internal recommendations for best practice.” – Hannah, British Red Cross