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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) 

Family violence hurts kids too

This three-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 andd 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.

Essential training for any family violence frontline staff especially:

  • refuge workers
  • family violence crisis workers
  • outreach workers
  • after hours crisis workers
  • counsellors working with adult survivors and their children. 

This training is also important for team leaders and senior workers, as we consider practice changes required to support safer risk assessment and safety planning in the digital space.

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

This course covers:

  • Understanding the unique and changing ways technology is being used to exert power and control over women and their children (ie. through Facebook, Twitter, ‘Revenge Porn’ etc)
  • Different types of technology used and the impacts on women and their children
  • Risk Assessment and intake processes
  • Safety planning approaches
  • Safety tips for Women
  • Advocacy options for family violence workers (including legal responses)
  • Agency frameworks for a more comprehensive approach to digital safety.

Supporting women through the intervention order process

This two day training will focus on Intervention Orders (IO) and court processes to enable workers to advocate effectively for the best outcomes for women and children. Two guest speakers, including a lawyer and a Police Family Violence Advisor, will assist workers to understand legal processes and further opportunities for advocacy. Topics covered will include an overview of the Family Violence Protection Act, safety notices, IO court processes, interim/final orders, contested hearings, breaches and evidence. This training has an emphasis on developing strong advocacy skills.

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.