Domestic violence: men’s behaviour change program works

The Age,

Men’s behaviour change programs, many with long waiting lists, have become a common penalty meted out to perpetrators of family violence who come before the courts. But until now, there has been little Australian research.

Now a Monash University study – a comprehensive snapshot of 300 Australian men who use violence, and their partners (or ex-partners), over two years – gives cause for optimism.

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Multicultural Workshop on Domestic Violence – free for community workers

DV-alert, October 2015

Multicultural Workshop –  19-20 November,  2015 – Adelaide 

Multicultural DV-alert workshops are delivered in partnership with recognised multicultural service providers around Australia.

Multicultural DV-alert workshops are for health, allied health and community frontline workers supporting multicultural communities in Australia.

One of the priorities of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children is to ensure that services meet the needs of women and children experiencing violence. DV-alert aims to build the knowledge and capacity of community frontline workers to provide appropriate support to women and children in Australia.

To find out if you are eligible to attend, click here for more information on the DV-alert Participant Criteria

While taking into account the unique issues and contexts faced by multicultural communities in Australia, you’ll learn how to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, how to respond to someone experiencing domestic violence, and best practice methods should be used to refer people on to the most appropriate support service. View the course outline to find out what topics are covered.

How will I be assessed?

To get a competent mark, you will be required to complete three assessment tasks successfully:

  • Assessment 1 – Online Pre-reading and multiple-choice questions
  • Assessment 2 – Written/ Verbal Assessment
  • Assessment 3 – Skills Assessment

Participants marked competent will receive a Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency CHCDFV301A – Recognise and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence apart from all the other benefits.

How do I sign up?

You can register online via this website to enrol for a Multicultural Workshop in your state or territory. Download the Pre-enrolment Course Information before registering.

How much will it cost?

DV-alert is government funded, so the training fee is waived for all community frontline workers to attend the course. On top of that, participants who complete the training are provided with support for travel, accommodation and staff backfill. Find out if you are eligible for financial assistance.

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Stepping Stones: Legal barriers to economic equality after family violence

Women’s Legal Service Victoria, Melbourne , 2015

From Executive Summary:

Legal and economic problems arise from family violence which result in serious financial hardship for women and, at present, there are no accessible legal remedies to these problems.

We have researched the problems in the Stepping Stones project. This report contains the findings of the project and recommendations for solutions.
In interviews with women, we explored the consequences of family violence on women’s financial circumstances. We specifically directed our attention to systemic barriers women faced in their economic recovery.”

Download report (PDF) here