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Using a Trauma Lens when working with Domestic and Family Violence | Blue Knot

June 17, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


This interactive training provides trauma-informed information and skills needed by professionals working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence.

As survivors of substantial trauma, people experiencing violence often live in fear of, and/or experience ongoing, threats or acts of violence which severely compromise their physical and emotional safety. The trauma/s can profoundly affect their thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. It is important for all people working with victims of DFV to use a trauma-informed lens which asks: “What happened to you?” and to ground their individual and service practice in an understanding of the dynamics of traumatic stress and adaptive coping strategies.

By participating in this professional development training, participants will:

  • Develop understanding of the types, prevalence, neurobiology, adaptations and impacts of complex trauma including DFV
  • Articulate the features and benefits of trauma-informed services for people experiencing DFV
  • Apply the five principles of trauma-informed practice in your role to enhance safety, minimise re-traumatisation and support recovery of people experiencing DFV

Who should attend?

All staff and practitioners working with victims of DFV, in any capacity, including generalist services to which people with experiences of interpersonal violence present for support. It would also suit staff who work in specialist DFV services that need to develop their understanding of trauma informed care principles, and how these can be applied to their work and their workplace.

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