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ACT Government Domestic and Family Violence Training Strategy

Responsible government

  • Australian Capital Territory

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 1 Advance gender equality and respect for women through effective primary prevention initiatives.

What are we doing?

The Training Strategy aims to improve a shared understanding and staff capabilities in responding to domestic and family violence. The ACT Government will provide $2.831M between 2019-20 and 2022-23 to deliver the ACT Government Domestic and Family Violence Training Strategy to all 21,000 public service employees. More intensive training will also be delivered through the Strategy to complement existing training received by frontline roles, such as Child and Youth Protection Services case workers and sworn police officers.

What have we achieved so far?

Since November 2019, foundation e-learning and manager training is being delivered to all ACT Government Directorates and training for staff in frontline roles has been developed.

What is next?

  • The ACT Government Domestic and Family Violence Training Strategy is a continuing strategy. Upcoming milestones for the Strategy include the adaptation of training materials to meet COVID-19 restrictions and the delivery of specific training to frontline staff.
  • The build of capability through the Training Strategy is intended to extend beyond ACT Government employees to the non-government sector and community partners. The ACT Government will develop an approach to support the non-government sector to engage in similar training.
  • ACT Government will collaborate with the alcohol and other drug sector to deliver the ACT Government Domestic and Family Violence Training Strategy to the sector.
  • The ACT Government has engaged the Gendered Violence Research Network, University of New South Wales to develop an evaluation framework for the Training Strategy.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcome of the ACT Government Domestic and Family Violence Training Strategy is to achieve a shared understanding of what constitutes domestic and family violence. Beginning with the ACT public service, the Strategy will build up staff capability how to recognise, respond and refer those impacted by domestic and family violence.

The draft Common Risk Assessment and Management Framework has been embedded in the specific training for frontline workers. With a shared understanding and approach to responding and managing risk, people at risk of domestic and family violence will be provided with earlier opportunities to seek support and safety.

Building awareness and capability across both government and non-government sectors means more people will have the knowledge and skills to assist people experiencing domestic and family violence.

The Strategy is also intended to improve understanding of the gendered nature of domestic and family violence and gender inequality as a necessary driver for domestic and family violence to occur.

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