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Victorian service workers receive family violence training

Wednesday 16, Sep 2020

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Victorian service workers receive family violence training

The Victorian Government has provided training designed to help workers identify and respond to family violence, with Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney making a virtual visit to TAFE Gippsland to see the training being delivered. The training is part of the family violence reforms under the state government’s ‘Building from strength: 10-year industry plan for family violence prevention and response’. “I’m proud that Victoria is leading the nation in its commitment to high-quality family violence training targeted to meet the needs of the community,” Minister Tierney said.

Minister Tierney joined the first class from the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative (GEGAC), who are taking part in the course on ‘Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk’. The course helps people who work in service roles across Victoria, such as early childhood educators, health and community services workers and hairdressers, gain foundational knowledge and skills in line with Victoria’s best-practice ‘Family violence risk assessment and risk management framework’.

“This course is a direct response to a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and it will empower services workers [to] respond to family violence wherever they are across Victoria’s communities,” Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams said. The course is part of the government’s $2.7 billion investment in family violence workforce development, training and skills initiatives. TAFE Gippsland, Swinburne University of Technology, Sunraysia TAFE and Box Hill TAFE are among the eight providers delivering the training, which is free for participants and includes webinars and online assessments.

In 2020, 4000 participants are expected to complete the training, with 18,000 participants expected to finish over the next three years. The course provides 50 hours of training, delivered in three phases. “This course will ensure students in Gippsland are learning the best-practice skills on family violence,” Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria, said.

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