About Me

I have been working in the field of domestic abuse for eight years and it has changed my life.

The day I turned up to volunteer on the National Domestic Violence Helpline I had no idea of the journey I had begun. The highs, the lows, the frustration and the inspirational stories involving trial, tribulation, betrayal, love and strength have shaken my core.

I graduated from the University of the West of England with a 2:1 in Psychology and Sociology. My first role after graduating was with Refuge, as a Domestic Abuse Support Worker in South London. After a year I was promoted to manage the outreach service in Southwark and I was then transferred to Richmond and Hounslow to manage two sites. Whilst there, I was elected Chair of the Domestic Abuse Forum in Richmond and supported the implementation of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) in the borough.

I am now a Senior Business Partner (Domestic Abuse) at Peabody, where I have been working on improving their response to domestic abuse for five years, carrying out analysis of existing provision, making recommendations to improve policy and practice and training a third of their front line staff including members of associated trades (e.g. gas inspectors, maintenance contractors) as they are in an ideal position to identify abuse. This has made a difference to our communities, with an increase in reported and actioned incidents from one (baseline) to 18 per quarter.

Through conferences and meetings, other housing providers in England and Wales have requested support and training to improve their response to domestic abuse. Both the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Welsh Housing Minister have requested my input to strengthen domestic abuse interventions, as have local authorities in London and beyond.

What People Say

"Ms Burnet encounters skeptics every time she runs one of these sessions, but she remains an enthusiastic ball of energy for the entire six hours of the training day – despite the often grim subject matter."

Jess McCabe, Inside Housing

"Gudrun was an excellent trainer and really demonstrated her passion and how to deal with domestic abuse. Her knowledge and experience was amazing."

Hyde

"All level management should avail themselves to this training."

Lewisham Council

"Really enjoyed the course and came away with lots of information that will help me. A difficult subject matter that was delivered really well."

L&Q

"Enjoyed the training and feel I understand procedures in place now. Gudrun is very good at explaining in depth and answering any questions that were had."

Circle

"I just wanted to say how impressed we have all been with Guddy’s training. The feedback from front line staff has been very positive and is making them think about and challenge how they deal with victims of domestic abuse and the working arrangements within their teams. We were all very impressed with Guddy’s knowledge, passion and experience and also her ability to engage with front line staff."

Sharon Nandoo, Southern Housing Group

How I Can Help

Throughout my career I have forged strong working relationships with individuals across and beyond my sector.

Therefore I am now in a unique position in which I can offer bespoke training packages and consultancy services to help organisations achieve best-practice in their response to domestic abuse.

Training & Consultancy