DV-alert (Domestic Violence Response Training) is Lifeline’s free accredited training program that enables health, allied health and frontline workers to confidently: recognise signs of domestic and family violence, respond with appropriate care and refer affected individuals and families to relevant support services.
Lifeline Melbourne offers the following DV-alert workshops and sessions.
To view workshop schedules and register your enrolment for any DV-alert training program, please visit dvalert.org.au.
DV-alert general workshop
This two-day practical workshop is available to all health, allied health and frontline or community support workers who may come into contact with people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence as part of their daily work. It enables frontline workers to recognise signs of domestic violence, respond with appropriate care and refer to relevant support services.
The workshop includes:
- Understanding of the nature and scope of domestic and family violence (DFV) in Australia
- Develop skills in recognising the diverse ways DFV can occur, including the categories of abuse
- The cycle of violence and barriers in leaving a DFV relationship
- Vulnerable groups in the community
- Developing skills in how to approach and respond appropriately
- Understanding of the impact being exposed to DFV has on children
- Risk assessment and high risk indicators
- Exploring options and safety planning
- Applying skills to best respond to and support individuals experiencing DFV
- Understanding of referrals to connect the person to appropriate help
DV-alert multicultural workshop
Similar to the DV-Alert general workshop (above), the multicultural workshop is targeted for health, allied health and community frontline workers supporting multicultural communities in Australia.
This workshop takes into account the unique issues and contexts faced by multicultural communities in Australia. Participants learn how to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, how to respond appropriately to someone experiencing domestic violence, and referral options for the most appropriate support services.
DV-aware is a 2-hour awareness session that helps raise the awareness of the public around the issue of domestic and family violence. This session is designed for the members of the community, such as families, neighbours and friends, who want to increase their understanding of domestic violence and learn ways to respond.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- recognise the different signs and forms of abuse that constitute domestic and family violence
- reflect on and share what they can do if they know someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence
- understand referral options to domestic and family violence support for people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence.
DV-alert is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.