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Professional Development Program on Family Violence for the VET workforce

Understanding Family Violence within Migrant & Refugee Communities

17th Oct 2019 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
VET Development Centre, Level 8 379 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria Australia 3000


The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) has funded the VET Development Centre (VDC) to coordinate professional learning for Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers, trainers and assessors delivering family violence related courses. The three workshops are:

Understanding Family Violence within Migrant & Refugee Communities

Learning outcomes:

Understanding Family Violence within Migrant and Refugee Communities workshop will enable participants to understand family violence within the context of migrant and refugee background communities.

Areas of focus:
On completion of the training participants will have developed:
  • the ability to recognise indicators of family violence, respond to disclosures, create a safety plan and make referrals
  • an understanding of how culture and systemic barriers may affect a client’s capacity to seek and sustain support
  • the ability to critically reflect on the potential impact of one’s own culture on their professional practice.


This workshop is for VET trainers and assessors with a Skills First contract or ACFE funding. You can check your eligibility here.
Participants must have experience delivering family violence training content.


Paola Bilbrough has 20 years’ experience in community development, education and training, working predominantly with refugee and migrant background young people and women on human rights and social justice issues. Raising awareness of the impact of gender inequity and the importance of cultural humility has been integral to all of Paola’s work. She is passionate about contributing to systemic change that prioritises the diverse voices and needs of family violence victim survivors.

Dinar Tyas has 10 years’ of direct service experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities with us. She has coordinated the Complex Case Support program which responded to refugees and humanitarian entrants to Australia.



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