Family Violence Resources for Practitioners

Training for Workers

City of Stonnington   Focus groups for various local LGBTIQ+ topics

LGBTIQ Family Violence  Webinar focusing on responding to victim survivors from LGBTIQ communities using an intersectional framework (NIFVS)

Gender & Sexuality

Gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same.

Gender identity refers to the way in which a person understands, identifies or expresses their masculine or feminine characteristics within a particular sociocultural context. This may or may not be aligned with the person’s assigned sex at birth. Some people may identify as one gender in one setting and a different gender in another.

Sexual orientation is the nature of a person’s basic sexual and/or romantic attraction to other people.

Gender & sexuality resources

Other Resources for Practitioners

  • Victoria Police LGBTIQ+ Liasion Officer: An insight in the LLO role in Victoria Police.  Their role is to contribute to the creation of mutual trust between police, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and intersex persons so they have increasing confidence in police through the provision of fair and equitable policing service.
  • Pride in Prevention Messaging Guide: A guide to support communications and engagement in primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ+ communities.
  • Trans101  Videos and documents helping people better understand what it means to be trans
  • Trans Children & Young People  Supporting trans children and young people
  • QueerAbility: a Toolkit to access the NDIS
  • LGBTIQ+ and Dementia  Supporting older LGBTIQ+ people
  • The Department of Health and Aging aim to provide equitable access to appropriate ageing and aged care services for LBGTI people. Refer to their National LGBTI Aging and Aged Care Strategy.
  • Supporting LGBTIQ+ people who have experienced conversion practices
  • Walkern Katatdjin  A national research project that aims to understand and promote the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Asexual + young people, and to work with services to develop appropriate interventions.
  • LGBTIQ+ & Faith Enhancing the visibility, safety, mental health and well-being, social inclusion and sense of belonging amongst LGBTIQ+ people from multicultural and faith based communities
  • ACON is Australia’s largest health organisation specialising in community health, inclusion and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders. Established in 1985, ACON works to create opportunities for people to live their healthiest lives.
  • QLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTIQ+ peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Contact Number (3pm-midnight AEST): 1800 184 527 Chat Online (3pm-midnight AEST)
  • Say It Out Loud LGBTQ+ Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Toolkit
  • Inclusive communication with LGBTIQ+ clients This guide outlines why inclusive communication matters and what works to ensure inclusive communication, and supports practitioners to use this evidence in their decision making when working.

Resources for Employers

Pride in Diversity is one of ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs, launched in February 2010 as the national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTI inclusion. The program provides advice, guidance and expertise to Australian employers nationally. Pride in Diversity supports member organisations in their pursuit of best practice, LGBTI cultural inclusivity and the attraction and retention of talent through the adoption of progressive inclusive policy, practice and behaviours. Read more about Pride Inclusion Programs. Pride in Diversity offers a series of publications that are available in PDF format to their members via their members-only portal, and hard copies can be purchased via their online shop.. Titles include:

  • LGBTI Domestic & Family Violence – A guide to best practice for workplace policy
  • Employers’ Guide to Intersex Inclusion
  • Count Me In Mini Ally Guide

The Australian Sex Discrimination Act 1984 makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. The AHRC’s Face the Facts resource sheets offer accurate and easy to understand information on this and other key areas of the Commission’s work. 

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the largest LGBTIQ+ civil rights organisation in the United States. Read their report on LGBTIQ+ employees in the workplace: A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate of LGBTQ Workers Nationwide

Reports, Articles and Videos

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