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Domestic violence capacity building for Community Legal Centres

Domestic and family violence has devastating, long term and wide-ranging impacts on our clients. 

Community Legal Centres Queensland is pleased to announce this series of webinars, funded by the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General through Victim Assist Queensland's Victim Services Building Capacity Program 2018-2019.  

Webinar presenters in this series are experts in their fields, and draw upon decades of experience in domestic violence and community organisations. We are also grateful for the guidance and support of our Domestic Violence Working Group for shaping this program, which will ultimately include a toolkit of resources, and establishment of a DV peer mentoring network within the community legal sector. To get in touch with an expert from the DV peer mentoring network, please contact Community Legal Centres Queensland for an up-to-date contact list. 

The training program seeks to promote best practice when working with clients affected by domestic violence. It will provide practical tools, skills and strategies for staff and volunteers to enable early identification of DV, working appropriately with DV victims and relevant agencies, and protecting workers exposed to vicarious trauma.

Participation in the whole series should see CLC workers and volunteers complete all annual CPD points, including mandatory units. All 13 webinar recordings, together with accomanying resources and links, are available to access below. We have provided a suggested order for those wishing to undertake the full training suite, and descriptions for those wishing to brush up on thier skills in particular areas. 

The program is aimed at generalist or early-career lawyers and other staff and volunteers without significant experience in the area, with a particular focus on workers in rural, regional and remote areas. More experienced practitioners, staff and volunteers will find it a useful refresher and a good collection of helpful resources. 


Thank you to the Victims Assist Queensland and the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General for supporting this series of webinars and our Domestic Violence Capacity Building Program for Community Legal Centres

Downloads:

Factsheet 1: Domestic violence law and practice [pdf]

PDF icon Factsheet 1: Domestic violence law and practice [pdf]
This Factsheet provides a brief overview of the legislation in Queensland, including definitions or relevant terms, who can apply for a protection order, procedural matters and links to additional resources.

Factsheet 2: Early intervention [pdf]

PDF icon Factsheet 2: Early intervention [pdf]
This Factsheet is designed to assist organisations to appropriately triage domestic violence matters, as well as top tips from a social work perspective, and links to additional resources.

Factsheet 3: Integrated response [pdf]

PDF icon Factsheet 3: Integrated response [pdf]
This Factsheet provides an overview of how organisations can work together with domestic violence services, courts and other stakeholders, as well as how victims can apply to Victims Assist Queensland for assistance, together with links to additional resources.

Factsheet 4 Part 1: Identified groups [pdf]

PDF icon Factsheet 4 Part 1: Identified groups [pdf]
This Factsheet outlines some tips and techniques from experts in working with people at risk of domestic violence, including clients with disabilities, LGBTIQ clients, and culturally and linguistically diverse clients, together with links to additional resources.

Factsheet 4 Part 2: Identified groups [pdf]

PDF icon Factsheet 4 Part 2: Identified groups [pdf]
This Factsheet outlines some tips and techniques from experts in working with people at risk of domestic violence, including young clients, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, together with links to additional resources.

Factsheet 5: Working with respondents [pdf]

PDF icon Factsheet 5: Working with respondents [pdf]
This Factsheet provides tips on providing practical and realistic advice to respondents, including the responsibilities of the worker/representative to help ensure safety, and links to additional resources.

Factsheet 6: Response to trauma [pdf]

PDF icon Factsheet 6: Response to trauma [pdf]
This Factsheet outlines strategies to ensure your practice trauma informed, how to manage vicarious trauma, and the kinds of support workplaces can provide, together with links to additional resources.

Domestic violence capacity building for CLCs

1. Domestic violence law and practice in Queensland

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Queensland's Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (Qld) was most recently amended in January 2018. Magistrates Court practice in this area continues to evolve with the roll-out of specialist courts across the state. Staying up-to-date in this area is essential for community lawyers and workers to provide clients with effective support and advice.  > more

2. Identifying and triaging domestic violence issues in community legal centres

Friday, July 12, 2019
Clients experiencing domestic violence may not always present to a CLC identifying this as their issue. CLC staff and volunteers may need to work through various legal and social issues to ensure that domestic violence is not missed. This webinar highlights the importance of identifying domestic violence issues, and how to ensure that they are not missed and the response provided is appropriate – even on the busiest days!  > more

3. Practical legal ethics and working together for DV clients

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Workers assisting clients experiencing domestic violence face daily challenges in providing wrap-around services by working with police, courts, other CLCs, and support services. In this webinar, Jason Garrick, lawyer at Legal Aid Queensland, discusses meeting ethical requirements while working effectively with other services. > more

4. Victim Assist Queensland and domestic violence

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Victims Assist Queensland provides information and advice for victims of crime, including assistance with reporting an incident, obtaining help and support, and obtaining financial compensation. In this webinar, Julia Morgan from VAQ explains the services VAQ can provide, the role VAQ has in supporting people who have experienced DV and how to help victims apply for financial compensation. > more

5. Assisting LGBTIQ clients in domestic violence matters

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Kai Priestly and Renea Hart drew on their experience at the LGBTI Legal Service to present a 15 minute mini-webinar the effect of domestic violence on LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer) clients and how to best assist them.  > more

6. Assisting culturally and linguistically diverse clients in domestic violence matters

Monday, July 8, 2019
In this webinar, Rob Lachowicz (RAILS Education Officer, Solicitor and Migration Agent), together with Ingrid Green (IWSS Senior Support Worker) discuss practical tips for assisting culturally diverse clients, domestic violence and the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), and working with interpreters in courts and tribunals.  > more

7. Assisting clients with disabilities in domestic violence matters

Sunday, July 7, 2019
Clients with disabilities who experience domestic violence are especially vulnerable, and need specialised assistance. In this webinar, Leona Berrie, Project Manager from WWILD covers intersections between disability and gendered violence/domestic violence, common communication issues, and strategies to mitigate communication issues and improve accessibility (it’s not just about ramps and lifts!).  > more

8. Assisting young clients in domestic violence matters

Saturday, July 6, 2019
Natasha Tanirau-Stanley (Nee Pettit), Principal Solicitor at Youth and Family Services Logan presents this 30 minute webinar on assisting young clients, including working with applicants and respondents in domestic violence matters, and engaging with clients who cannot attend a service’s offices in person.  > more

9. Assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in domestic violence matters

Friday, July 5, 2019
Cultural competency is critical to the providing effective services and minimising barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in need of legal services.  Angela Carroll, Solicitor at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Service (North Queensland), discusses the challenges in providing effective assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities and outline practical strategies to assist in day-to-day practice. > more

10. Assisting respondents in domestic violence matters

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Working effectively with respondents is a key part of keeping aggrieved parties safe in domestic violence matters, ensuring the smooth operation of DV courts, and helping to effect change in this area. Many CLC staff are working as DV duty lawyers; other CLC staff and volunteers are advising clients about DV matters and may need to develop these skills quickly.  > more

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