Training: workplace responses to sexual assault and domestic violence

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Training: workplace responses to sexual assault and domestic violence

  • 55-70% of Australia women who experience domestic and family violence are currently in the workplace;
  • 94% of employees agree employers should take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women;
  • 90% of people who report domestic and family violence to their manager do not find the response helpful;*
  • Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia can assist leadership staff who are responding to disclosures of domestic and family violence or sexual assault.

When someone discloses sexual assault of domestic violence, your response is critical to their recovery and decisions about what to do next.

Workplaces have a responsibility to understand the impacts of sexual assault and domestic violence, and to respond with compassion.

This training workshop has been developed to provide practical and proactive skills for leadership staff who are responding to disclosures of domestic and family violence or sexual assault, and supporting staff toward recovery.

One in six women and one in sixteen men have experienced at least one incident of violence by a partner (2016 Personal Safety Survey, ABS).

Domestic and family violence impacts colleagues, health, safety and workplace security. Human Resources and People & Culture teams, plus other team leaders and managers should know how to respond and refer appropriately and with compassion.

Through this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the bigger picture of sexual assault and domestic violence in Australia, and how this impacts workplaces;
  • Discuss workplace roles and responsibilities;
  • Identify perpetrator tactics of power and control;
  • Gain a working knowledge of trauma responses;
  • Gain skills in responding with compassion to disclosures of violence;
  • Understand the principles of creating individual safety plans;
  • Discuss best practices policies and procedures.

The workshop includes complex case studies that focus participants on developing solutions based on the needs of the person experiencing violence.

Duration Appropriate for Maximum participants
4.5 hours Managers, supervisors, team leaders, People & Culture / Human Resources teams 20 per workshop

By partnering with Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia we have been able to give our managers an acute understanding of the role they play in not only promoting this culture of respect, but also support them in recognising signs and having meaningful conversations to support those victims and survivors of domestic and family violence.

- Participant, REA Group
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The impact of this training has been profound. It extends beyond the workplace with many attendees quoting the role the training has played in increasing their confidence to support colleagues and direct reports within REA but also friends and family in their personal lives. It has started a conversation that was previously in the shadows for many. A conversation that needed to be had in order to create a culture of change.

- Participant, REA Group
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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.