Using a trauma lens when working with Domestic and Family Violence

Duration: One Day Training

This interactive training provides trauma-informed information and skills needed by professionals working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence.

As survivors of substantial trauma, people experiencing violence often live in fear of, and/or experience ongoing, threats or acts of violence which severely compromise their physical and emotional safety. The trauma/s can profoundly affect their thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. It is important for all people working with victims of DFV 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.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, neurobiology, adaptations and impacts of complex trauma including DFV
  • Articulate the features and benefits of trauma-informed services for people experiencing DFV
  • Apply the five principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery of people experiencing DFV

Who should attend?

All staff and practitioners working with victims of DFV, in any capacity, including generalist services to which people with experiences of interpersonal violence present for support. It would also suit staff who work in specialist DFV services that need to develop their understanding of trauma informed care principles, and how these can be applied to their work and their workplace.

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“Training and content was relevant and gave me a lot to think about. Another deeper level of information, tools, approaches and evidence based practice to support families and individuals impacted by DFV. The facilitators approach, pace, and delivery of the information showed passion, experience and knowledge. I have already recommended this training to others. Thank you very much”


“Really high quality training. The facilitator was very knowledgeable and really tailored the content to our level of understanding. The discussions were really helpful and the tips and techniques they gave us were great.”

Anonymous, Support and Safety Hub Practitioner

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