In November 2012, the WIFVC, in partnership with the City of Wyndham, supported approximately 40 staff from child protection, Child First and family services in Melbourne’s west to attend a full day training on perpetrator accountability delivered by No To Violence.
The training built the skills of workers in the areas of:
- Their role as Child Protection Practitioners in the response to family and domestic violence
- Accountability of perpetrators
- Theories and strategies to respond to male family and domestic violence
- The cycle of violence including recognising and responding to behaviours of men and women at different phases of the cycle
- Stages of Change and how to respond effectively at each stage
- Strategies that the men may use (e.g. ‘smoke screens’) and how to respond to them
- Engagement strategies
Participants evaluated the training very positively, reflecting other regions’ experiences with similar training from NTV. Further sessions in the west are being explored in the near future.