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Fight against domestic violence

Tuesday, 10th February, 2015

DV Alert trainer Tracey Whetnall travelled from Canberra to oversee the two-day workshops. DV Alert trainer Tracey Whetnall travelled from Canberra to oversee the two-day workshops.

By Darrin Manuel

Lifeline is continuing its fight against domestic violence in the indigenous community with two days of specially targeted workshops.

A domestic violence response training program called DV-Alert is being held at the Department of Education headquarters to better equip community and health workers to deal with domestic violence involving aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander (ATSI) people.

The program provides participants with the skills to recognise, respond and refer cases of domestic and family violence in a caring and respectful manner.

Lifeline is running the programs all across Australia thanks to funding from the Department of Social Services, and Canberra’s specialist DV Alert trainer Tracey Whetnall is in the city to deliver the program with help from local trainers.

“It’s all been great, and to get 21 people here, that’s a great turnout,” said Tracey.

“Also to have five men come along as well is phenomenal; I’d say that’s the most we’ve had.

“Men tend to steer away from this sort of thing, so to see them here is really pleasing.”

Anyone seeking further information on the program can visit the DV-alert visit www.dvalert.org.au or contact Lifeline’s Jonnah Ortega on (08) 8087 7525.

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