International Women's Day marked with national domestic violence response workshops
Lifeline will this week mark International Women’s Day (8 March) by simultaneously training health, allied health and other frontline community workers in domestic and family violence response training (DV-alert) across Australia.
Lifeline Australia’s CEO Pete Shmigel said that, with one in three women subjected to domestic and family violence likely to attempt suicide, the charity’s coordinated training day was about strengthening communities from within.
“More than 150 workers from Cairns to Perth will be trained in how to deliver a range of immediate and practical measures to keep women and their children safe,” Mr Shmigel said.
“While services like 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) and Lifeline’s own 13 11 14 crisis line provide heartwarming 24/7 support to women subjected to domestic or family violence, we know that a whole-of-community approach is absolutely vital.
“Lifeline’s nationally-recognised training program DV-alert is about doing just that. And, in training this large number of people in domestic and family violence response this week, we hope to send a message that there are important steps the community can take – and is taking – to tackle a culture of disrespect and violence, as well as to promote help seeking to appropriate support services.”
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 12,500 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.
DV-alert training workshops will be run in the following locations:
- Canberra, ACT
- Warrnambool, VIC
- Wellington, NSW
- Broken Hill, NSW
- Kyneton, VIC
- Cairns, QLD
- Nuriootpa, SA
- Perth, WA
To enquire about the training, email [email protected]
For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp
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