Thursday, 6 September 2007

Australian-first course strengthens response to domestic violence

Australian-first course strengthens response to domestic violence


Queenslanders experiencing domestic and family violence will benefit from a new training course - the first of its kind in Australia - designed to develop a more highly skilled and responsive support system.

The course, written for workers in government and non-government agencies who are likely to be the first point of contact for people experiencing domestic and family violence, was officially launched in Brisbane today.

Communities Minister Warren Pitt said the accredited Course in Responding to Domestic and Family Violence was the first full course of its kind to be offered in Australia.

"Queensland is once again leading the way when it comes to addressing domestic and family violence," Mr Pitt said.

"The course is designed to equip frontline workers with the best possible knowledge and information to help Queenslanders affected by domestic and family violence."

Mr Pitt said the Mackay-based Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research produced the course thanks to significant ongoing funding and support from the Department of Communities.

Stirling Hinchliffe, Parliamentary Secretary to Communities Minister Warren Pitt, represented the Minister at today's launch at Parliament House.

"While there are some accredited units of competency on domestic and family violence in other courses, this particular course is the only accredited full course on domestic and family violence in Australia," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"So not only will it benefit the social services sector with increased staff retention, lower stress levels and better-trained staff, to will also help break the cycle of domestic and family violence."

For more information about the course, contact the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research on 4940 7834.

Source: Ministerial Media Release

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