We offer professional development for community sector workers/organisations, teachers of TAFEs/Vocational Education and Universities. The program focuses on developing an awareness of the prevalence of violence in our community, with a particular focus on family violence and sexual violence. We address the attitudes and experiences of participants themselves, as well as how participants can support those they work with to develop skills to create respectful relationships throughout their lives.

As people who are often in positions of care and influence, people working in the community sector are well placed to assist those needing to access support, to facilitate the empowerment of those they work with, and to challenge patterns of behaviour that may lead to and enable violence.

Our workshops are tailored to the requirements and interests of each organisation or institution. They can be single or multiple sessions, depending on your specific requirements and available time. At minimum our workshops run for 90 minutes.

 

Community Workers and Violence Prevention:

Often community workers may be required to provide support to people who are experiencing or witnessing violence. The relationships fostered during this time are crucial to a person’s healing and growth. Workers are often primary contacts for people of all ages who may be experiencing violence and in need of support.

Community workers are also working with people who may themselves be perpetrating violence, and may not possess the skills to effectively support people who perpetrate violence to change their behaviour, as well as to challenge the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs used to give oneself the permission to use violence.

Other community workers may not be required to actively engage with the direct experiences of those they work with, but the relationships they develop, particularly with young people, may provide them with a stable foundation to raise and explore issues of family violence, sexual assault, gender roles, sexism, homophobia, racism and bullying. Community workers can incorporate these messages across programs and interactions in various contexts, whilst modelling respectful relationships and effective communication skills. With specialised training community workers can incorporate violence prevention education into a range of programs, contributing to an approach to violence prevention that involves all sections of the broader community.

A focus on these themes and issues together with a supportive and non-judgemental environment can help challenge and change the culture in our communities that perpetuates violence, particularly gendered violence.
 

Some of the topics and exercises that we can cover in the workshops include:

  • Techniques,  challenges and experiences within violence prevention education - delivering primary prevention and respectful relationships workshops, responding to young people who share experiences of violence in group settings and different ways to challenge violence enabling attitudes

  • What is violence, family violence and sexual assault? A discussion on the different types of violence, responding to family violence and supporting survivors of family violence and sexual assault

  • Drivers of family violence and frameworks for understanding family violence and intimate partner abuse

  • Challenging violence supporting attitudes including myths about violence against women

  • Understanding abuse within LGBTIQ+ relationships and communities, supporting LGBTIQ+ survivors of violence

  • Transformative justice, community accountability and the limitations of the criminal legal system in addressing family violence and sexual assault

  • Broader community and social strategies towards violence prevention

 

Feedback we have received from Community Groups and Organisations:

Was today useful for you? Why?

“Gave me time and an opportunity to think about the barriers facing LGBTQI people”

“It was great to have discussions that have not really been had at our organisational team”

“Useful to think about the ways we can improve services. Challenging and confronting around some of the ways we already work/think”

“Useful to have Strategies for facilitating group thought on big statements and actively challenging ideas/perceptions”

“The framework provided has helped so much in dealing with young people’s responses and helping to keep the focus of group on being critical of gender roles and stereotypes”

“It got me past some stuck points about how to approach problematic attitudes without judgement”

“Provided opportunity for staff to talk about ways to support young people experiencing violence and attitudes about this”

“I learnt a lot and enjoyed the interactive approach. I also liked be shown things from a different angle”

 

Cost:

Our professional development workshops are charged on a sliding scale, please contact us regarding our rates. Payment is dependant on the available resources of your community group. If your community group does not have access to funding, please contact us as we may be able to accommodate your request.