Domestic and family violence response training to be developed for women with disabilities
Lifeline Australia is calling for community input to help develop a new stream of its domestic and family violence response training (DV-alert) to support women with disabilities.
The charity’s National Learning and Development Manager Ms Kellie Dunn said a series of focus groups across the country will see community workers, health professionals, disability service providers and people with lived experience share their experiences, pathways to safety and knowledge of current service gaps.
“This new program is about ensuring that community members can provide better support to some of Australia’s most vulnerable people within our community,” Ms Dunn said. “Our message to women living with a disability who are victims of domestic and family violence is that we want to hear from you – no matter where you live or how long ago these experiences were.
“In doing so, not only will we explore what information or services you have already used or might need, but we will also use your insights to ensure other women with disabilities receive better and more appropriate support in the future.”
Lifeline Australia will host focus groups in the following locations:
- Darwin (16 May)
- Adelaide (18 May)
- Perth (23 May)
- Melbourne (25 May)
- Launceston (30 May)
- Canberra (1 June)
- Sydney (6 June)
- Brisbane (8 June)
For more information, or to express interest in attending the focus groups, people are encouraged to contact Lifeline Australia at [email protected].
Ms Dunn also said that, while services like 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) and Lifeline’s own 13 11 14 crisis line provide highly-skilled and heart-warming 24/7 support to women subjected to domestic or family violence, a whole-of-community approach is vital.
“Lifeline’s nationally-recognised training program DV-alert is about empowering community members to take steps to reduce domestic and family violence by teaching them to better recognise the signs, respond with care and refer to appropriate services,” Ms Dunn said.
The DV-alert training is recognised as one of the key initiatives under the Australian Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Lifeline delivers DV-alert as face-to-face workshops or via e-learning and is offered via three different streams – General, Indigenous and Multicultural – to cater to the needs and contexts of diverse communities in Australia.
Since October 2011, Lifeline has trained more than 16,000 community frontline workers across the country to better support people subjected to domestic and family violence, develop safety plans and provide referrals to appropriate support services, such as women’s refuges, legal support or police.
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