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Develop and deliver training across identified Tasmanian Government services to respond to family and sexual violence

Responsible government

  • Tasmania

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
    • 7 Build the workforce capability to ensure delivery of high quality, holistic, trauma-informed and culturally safe supports that respond to the complex needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.
  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 12 Better equip the service system and communities to address complex forms of violence and harmful cultural practices including early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting, dowry abuse and human trafficking.
  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 16 Enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims and survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.

What are we doing?

This action will build early intervention and response capability across key workforces that intersect with family violence. Sector workers are highly qualified, but not all workers feel their formal qualifications have prepared them well enough for working with people affected by family and sexual violence.

What have we achieved so far?

In September 2020, the Department of Communities Tasmania launched the ‘Family Violence: Assessing Risk to Safety’ training module. The training module is an intensive course designed for people working in Child Safety Services and training is co delivered with the Strong Families, Safe Kids Family Violence Liaison Officer (Action 38 under Safe Homes, Families, Communities). The training module content includes:

  • Knowledge, identification and screening;
  • How to engage with victim-survivors and perpetrators;
  • Case noting and language.

What is next?

Safe Homes, Families, Communities commenced implementation on 1 July 2019.

‘Family Violence: Assessing Risk to Safety’ training will be delivered to Child Safety Services statewide in 2021.

The Department of Justice will deliver training for Community Corrections staff working with family violence offenders to support men’s behaviour change. The training will provide specialised intervention strategies skills in the management of family violence offenders and improve the intervention outcomes for the community, victims of family violence, offenders, and Tasmania’s whole of government integrated criminal justice response to family violence, Safe at Home.

Communities Tasmania is working with partner agencies under Safe Homes Families Communities to identify training priorities for delivery in 2021-22.

What difference will we make?

The Tasmanian Government is committed to building on initiatives being delivered through individual portfolios to deliver a holistic response; supporting families affected by violence; and ensuring the service system is responsive, integrated and innovative.

Developing and delivering training across identified Tasmanian Government services to respond to family and sexual violence will ensure that sector workers are equipped and trained to work with victims affected by family and sexual violence.

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