Webinar outline

Hidden Dangers of COVID-19: Trauma Informed Awareness about Domestic Abuse 


This training was originally developed in 2019 for the United Nations. Naomi has updated and adapted it for Australia and the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are a counsellor, therapist, advocate, case manager, lawyer, team leader, HR personnel, colleague, friend, neighbour or family member – this training is designed to raise awareness about domestic abuse and how to offer trauma informed support. If you are experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse, this training is also for you.

Family, domestic and intimate partner abuse is a national crisis of epidemic proportions. It cuts across socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. In short, any person can find themselves caught up in a violent or at-risk situation. 

In decades past domestic abuse was considered a ‘private matter’. In 2015, the Victorian State Government held Australia's first Royal Commission into Family Violence and made 227 recommendations. In December 2018 the implementation of the Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Act 2018 made responding to family violence part of an employee and employer rights and responsibilities through the provision of a minimum of five days unpaid leave.  

During the current COVID-19 pandemic thousands of adults and children are in heightened at-risk situations, trapped in their home for prolonged periods with less access to resources, support networks and at a time of greatly increased personal, economic and health stressors. 1800-Respect and Mensline Australia have reported a significant rise in calls to their servcies during April 2020 compared to the same time last year.

This training provides a foundation for understanding the complex interpersonal dynamics related to domestic abuse, how to make sense of what can seem confusing, contradictory and inconsistent behaviour by the victim of domestic abuse and how to support victims to make decsions in their own time and at their own pace.   

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