Identifying and Responding to Domestic Abuse

Professional development training for medical and allied health professionals

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Brief summary of program purpose

All current indications and known statistics are predicting a spike in the number of people, largely women and children, who are experiencing domestic abuse as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. 

GPs and Allied Health professionals will often be first responders in these cases and have a responsibility to identify and respond empathetically, in a manner that does not put the victim-survivor at more risk and, where necessary, provide appropriate referrals.

This program is an overview of our more intensive, Here4U program and will provide evidence informed theory and practical strategies that support professionals to provide best practice care to families.

Why do we need programs like Here4U?

One out of every three women experience domestic abuse in Victoria, with Victoria Police responding to over 76,000 incidents each year. It is thought that these statistics drastically under-report the extent of abuse being experienced. Whilst abuse can occur across a range of relationships, statistically, men are the main perpetrator. The impact of domestic abuse is complex, can be ongoing, long lasting and can affect every aspect of life.

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What is covered in this training?

The facilitator will cover a range of social inclusion issues including, but not limited to, the following:

Topics include:

  • Current statistics
  • Unconscious bias
  • Drivers of domestic abuse
  • How to identify and respond to victim-survivors
  • Inter-sectionality
  • Responding to perpetrators
  • Safety planning
  • Referral pathways

What you will learn:

  • How to identify, respond safely to, and support victim-survivors of domestic abuse
  • An increased understanding of the drivers of domestic abuse
  • How to demonstrate ethical, non-judgemental and inclusive behaviour that promotes gender equity and respectful relationships
  • An improved ability to manage difficult situations and intervene more safely and confidently when an act of abuse is occurring
  • How to avoid collusion with perpetrators and support men’s behaviour and attitude change
  • How to respond to attitudes which promote violence, and engage and support the broader community to challenge social norms that maintain violence against women
  • Provide referral pathways and information to support safety and recovery

Best suited to:

This program is designed for General Practitioners and Allied Health professionals.

Training is delivered by qualified, experienced facilitators who will work with you to lead the change in your community.


This program is delivered in one two hour workshop.

Dates to be scheduled. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a workshop.


Training can be delivered online, at your workplace, at our centre in Sandringham or at an external venue of your choosing.


Cost is dependent upon the size and needs of the group, the method of delivery and the location. Please call us to discuss your training needs.

Limited spaces available.  Maximum number of participants is 10.

Acceptance into this program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers being achieved and/or maximum numbers being reached. Heartlinks reserves the right to discontinue service should the facilitator deem a participant to be better suited to an alternative form of support.

Want more information?

For more information email or call (03) 8599 5488