Workshop on domestic violence
Friday, 26th September, 2014
Community workers will be better equipped to deal with domestic violence in the indigenous community after taking part in a workshop hosted by Lifeline yesterday.
Lifeline is rolling out a Domestic Violence Response Training program called DV-alert across Australia to ensure workers are able to confidently engage with people in situations of domestic and family violence.
The program provides participants with the skills to recognise, respond and refer cases of domestic and family violence.
"DV-alert aims to build the knowledge and capacity of community frontline workers to provide appropriate support to women and children in Australia," said Scott Hammond, CEO Lifeline Broken Hill.
Indigenous DV-alert workshops are for health, allied health and community frontline workers supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
A communications officer along with a DV-Alert co-ordinator is employed by Lifeline Broken Hill to co-ordinate the delivery of the two day DV-alert workshops throughout Australia. Further supporting the program Lifeline Broken Hill has recruited locals to provide them with accredited training in-order to deliver the program on a National level.
Lifeline has been delivering DV-alert (previously known as DiVeRT) in different parts of Australia, including remote and rural locations, since 2007. In July 2013, the Australian Government announced an extra $7.6 million worth of funding for the program.
"Lifeline is incredibly grateful for the funding support from the Department of Social Services," said Mr Hammond.
Find out more about the benefits of DV-alert visit www.dvalert.org.au or contact Jonnah Ortega on (08) 8087 7525.