Training: responding with compassion (e-learning)

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Training: responding with compassion (e-learning)

  • Making a disclosure of violence is challenging;
  • Your response as a tell-able person is critical;
  • You can support someone by referring them on to appropriate services;
  • This program supports individuals to form a framework to provide a compassionate and supportive response to survivors of trauma.
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When someone discloses experiencing sexual or domestic violence, your response is critical to their recovery and decisions about what to do next.

“On average it takes victim-survivors 5-7 attempts to disclose their situation to anyone, and if the first instance isn’t positive it reduces the likelihood of them disclosing again.” [White Ribbon Australia]

Open the door to referral pathways and support services

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia’s Responding with Compassion e-learning course is designed to assist anyone who may receive disclosures of trauma. The program supports individuals to form a framework to provide a compassionate and supportive response to survivors of trauma.

This interactive online workshop will provide individuals with:

  • A deeper understanding of sexual and domestic violence in Australia (through statistics and key definitions);
  • Look at the myths and realities of this violence and understand how these act as barriers for reporting;
  • Understand the societal and individual impacts of sexual assault and domestic/family violence;
  • Learn how to support someone who has experienced violence by becoming a tell-able person;
  • Receive information about state-based support services and vicarious trauma.

This program is self-directed. Participants can exit and resume their place at any time provided they resume using the same device.

A printable certificate of participation is provided upon successful completion and an evaluation report for organisations.


Responding with Compassion (e-learning) is proudly funded by the Pinnacle Charitable Foundation.


Enrolling as an individual:

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Enrolling multiple users:

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Duration Enrollment duration Appropriate for
45-60 minutes (approximately) 30 days Anyone who is working with those who have experienced trauma

Very valuable workshop and very informative. Great approach on sensitive topics.

This should be mandatory in all workplaces as part of their inductions.

- Participants
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Our training approach

At Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, we recognise that adults bring a wealth of knowledge and individual experiences to the learning environment. Every workshop utilises adult learning principles, as per the Principles for Best Practice for 21st Century Education (Nichols, 2002).

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia trainers are social workers, psychologists, and educators. They are experienced trainers in causes, consequences and primary prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence causes.

All facilitators are trained to safely and compassionately respond to disclosures and refer onward to state based services.

All training programs are audited regularly to ensure the information provided is evidence-based and current.

Programs can be tailored based on the needs of each organisation and can be delivered to clinical and non-clinical audiences.

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