A domestic abuse-themed board game might set alarm bells ringing in your mind – but a University of Sheffield academic has created just that to engage students with the sensitive subject.
The Domestic Abuse Training Game will be showed off at the the RCN International Nursing Research Conference this week after launching the product last month.
Dr Parveen Ali is an experienced nurse and senior lecturer at the university who has worked in the field of gender-based violence and domestic violence for more than 15 years and teamed up with educational game maker Focus Games to create the training aid.
It allows between two and 12 players to chat and explore the symptoms of the subject and how to tackle different scenarios with the end goal of reaching the “Safety Zone” in the centre of the board.
RT @ShefUniNews: A new interactive board game has been launched from @ShefSNM's @parveenazamali to help healthcare professionals support victims of #domesticviolence
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Dr Ali was insistent that the board game does not trivialise domestic abuse – one of the key drivers behind homelessness in the UK – but gives professionals the tools to understand what victims may be going through.