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Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Domestic and Family Violence Services

Friday 5 April @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This one-day interactive professional development training provides the trauma-informed information and skills needed by personnel working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence, past and current.

As victims of substantial trauma, people who are experiencing (or who have past experience of) domestic and family violence often live in fear of, and/or experience ongoing threats or acts of violence, which severely compromise their physical and emotional safety. Domestic and family violence often profoundly affects people’s thoughts, beliefs, physical health, psychological health, and behaviours.

It is important for all people working with victims of domestic and family violence to use a trauma-informed lens which asks: “What happened to you?” and to ground their individual and service practice in an understanding of the dynamics of traumatic stress and adaptive coping strategies.

This training will workshop the principles of trauma-informed practice using case scenarios which will focus on safety (client and staff) and highlight the importance of ‘working with’ rather than ‘doing to’. The training will highlight how to apply the principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment when working with people experiencing domestic and family violence.

The training will provide participants with insights and tools to take back to the workplace which will enhance the safety and wellbeing of the people and families they support, foster recovery and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of trauma, its different types, responses to it, and of why domestic violence is considered complex trauma
  • Articulate the benefits of trauma-informed domestic and family violence services
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed practice to develop strategies that enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery for families who have experienced domestic and family violence
  • Perform a trauma-informed individual/organisational practice audit
  • Acquire tools that enable you to support your clients to build their safety and stability

Who should attend?
All staff and practitioners working with victims of DFV in any capacity, either in specialist DFV services or within generalist services to which people with experiences of interpersonal violence present for support.


Friday 5 April
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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