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DVRCV training: promoting good practice

DVRCV training: promoting good practice

DVRCV training: promoting good practice

Our training aims to improve services to women and their children who experience family violence

DVRCV is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and the major provider of family violence training in Victoria. We provide a range of programs on our training calendar, two of which are nationally accredited. DVRCV is contracted by the Victorian Government to deliver Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) training across Victoria.

Our training courses

We deliver training courses for family violence workers and other professionals that help workers understand and deliver ‘best practice’- whether it’s in recognising family violence, risk assessment and management, supporting children and families, technology safety, or understanding how to navigate Victoria’s complex legal system.

Find out more about these course offerings below.


CRAF Risk Assessment (RA)

This half-day (4 hour) training is for professionals who work with victims of family violence and play a role in initial risk assessment, but for whom responses to family violence are not their only core business. 

This includes:

  • a member of Victoria Police
  • a professional working in a court setting
  • a professional working in a community legal centre
  • a professional working in a child protection context
  • a professional working in housing and homelessness services.

CRAF Specialist

This training is aimed at family violence professionals who work with women and children who are victims of family violence. Practitioners will have advanced skills in engaging clients around family violence matters, safety planning and case management. These professionals have family violence responses as a designated part of their job role, or work in specialist family violence services. This training is for professionals who work within:

  • specialist women`s family violence services
  • men`s behaviour change programs
  • family violence counselling
  • a specialist family violence accommodation service
  • specialist family violence courts
  • Victoria Police (Family Violence unit/equivalent) 

Provide support to children affected by family violence

This four-day nationally accredited training course provides practitioners with introductory knowledge and skills to support children and young people who have experienced family violence, and strategies to strengthen relationships between mothers and children. On successful completion of assessment, participants receive a Statement of Attainment for the nationally accredited unit:

  • CHCDFV002 Provide support to children affected by domestic and family violence.

Family violence is a workplace issue

This full-day training provides guidance and support for workplaces in developing organisational responses to family violence experienced by staff. Participants will be equipped to understand the impact of family violence on individuals and workplaces, recognise and respond to staff who are experiencing family violence, understand the limitations of your role, and develop organisational workplace policies to support staff. 

This training is for HR professionals, managers, workplace equal opportunity contact officers, and any other staff who have a leadership role to play in their workplace responding to family violence.

Identifying family violence and risk assessment

Formerly known as 'Recognise and respond to family violence - including risk assessment'.

This introductory course is for workers with no specific family violence work experience. It covers the effects of family violence on adults and children, and provides an overview of legal responses, resources and referrals. The program explores ways of asking about violence and responding to disclosures and includes a component on risk assessment and safety planning based on the Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF).

Recognising and responding appropriately to family violence

Formerly known as 'Introduction to domestic violence'.

This four-day accredited course provides the basic skills, knowledge and understanding to work effectively with women and their children affected by family violence. It is suitable for new workers in family violence services and workers in community, health or legal services who have limited experience responding to family violence.

On successful completion of assessment tasks, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for national unit:

  • CHCDFV001 - Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

SmartSafe: digital safety, family violence and risk assessment

Based on Victorian research this training explores how technology is being used to perpetrate family violence and the ways adult survivors and advocates can respond to increase safety and perpetrator accountability. This course covers the different types of changing technology and how it is used to exert power over women and their children, risk assessment and intake processes, safety planning approaches, safety tips for women, advocacy for workers (including legal responses) and agency frameworks.

Please note: proficiency in technology is not required, only a passionate approach to women's safety and risk assessment.

Adopting child-led practice

This two-day workshop will present on the material produced by the multi-award winning group work program PARKAS (Parents Accepting Responsibility Kids Are Safe) and beyond. It will examine a range of group work interventions that have evolved through adopting ‘child-led’ practices over 20 years and how these extend to family, as well as individual work with children. The thinking underpinning ‘child-led’ work will be explored, models of practice demonstrated and ‘hands on’ strategies and resources provided. This workshop will provide an exciting learning opportunity for those new to working with children and a wonderful refresher for those experienced in the joys, trials and tribulations of this specialised area of practice.

Working with fathers

This one-day workshop explores issues related to working with fathers who are perpetrators, including: 

  • fathering interventions that appreciate connections between a man's relationship with his children, and his behaviour towards the childrens' mother
  • the hopes of abusive men, partners, and fathers in moving beyond good intentions to daily practices of respect
  • moving from father-centred parenting to child-centred parenting
  • developing plans with the father for ethical and responsible actions.
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