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First gendered violence forum explores new ways of working

First gendered violence forum explores new ways of working

Published:03 November 2017

Associate Professor Annabel Taylor.

Frontline workers in the battles against domestic, family and sexual violence have shared their expertise at a new CQUniversity event - the first of its kind in Australia.

The Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum brought together practitioners who work with both victims and perpetrators, and hear from international experts.

The Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability supported the Forum, which showcased innovative practice.

On Wednesday and Thursday 1-2 November at the Hilton Brisbane, the event was presented by CQUniversity’s Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR), which has received funding from the Queensland Government since 2002.

CQUniversity proudly sponsored 10 frontline workers to participate in this statewide gathering, including practictioners from as far as Weipa.

QCDFVR Director Associate Professor Annabel Taylor said the Forum was timely as state and national agencies drive change in the field, and respond to findings from a growing evidence base.

“Queensland’s policy and practice landscape with respect to gendered violence has changed dramatically in the past two years, and research continues to tell us more about the nature of violence and how to respond to its various forms,” Prof Taylor said.

“The Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum is designed for those who are working in the fields of gendered violence.  This includes not only those who support victims and survivors, families, and children affected by domestic, family and sexual violence, but workers who intervene with perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence,” she said.

The two-day forum heard from Quinnipiac University’s Professor Lori Sudderth, whose research focuses on the challenges of providing services and safety to victims of gendered violence in the US, and the effectiveness of policy response.

Sydney psychologist and counsellor Jackie Burke, and family violence intervention service provider Alan Jenkins, also shared their extensive experience.

Toolkit presentations related to forum themes:

* Working with Women

* Working with Sexual Violence/Abuse

* Working with Children/Families, and

* Working with Fathers.

Visit noviolence.org.au for the full forum program.

CQUniversity is working at the frontline of domestic and family violence prevention, with new Graduate Certificate courses in Facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change, and Domestic and Family Violence Practice.

Available for distance study, the courses are designed to develop skillsets for workers in a range of criminal justice, health and child safety organisations, or people aspiring to careers in those field.