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Domestic and Family Violence Training

DV-alert is a free and nationally recognised training program with training and assessment delivered by Lifeline Australia and approved third parties on behalf of Lifeline Australia (RTO 88036). The program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as a key initiative under the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032.

DV-alert is led by experienced trainers dedicated to ending violence against women and children. Our workshops provide a safe space for frontline workers to learn, connect and be empowered to recognise and respond confidently to those in crisis.

Our workshops are open to all frontline workers in Australia. This includes people who provide direct service and support, either paid or unpaid, to the community in sectors like health, allied health, education, childcare and the community.

Frontline workers will learn how to:

· recognise the signs of domestic and family violence

· respond confidently with appropriate care

· refer women and their children to appropriate support services.

About the training

DV-alert has flexible learning options. Whether you are looking to obtain the unit of competency, to upskill and refresh your knowledge or just to know what to do, there is a learning pathway for you.

Assessment Pathway

In this pathway, you will learn how to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, how to respond to someone experiencing domestic and family violence and what best practice methods should be used to refer people to the most appropriate support service.

The DV-alert Assessment Pathway is made of three components followed by the assessment:

• DV-alert Foundations or DV-alert First Nations (2 days)

• eLearning Foundations (11 hours)

• Focused workshops (1 day)

• Assessment (1 hour)

After successful completion of each component, you will achieve a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence.

Available streams include:

2-day Foundations workshops:

o Foundations

o First Nations

o First Nations – Remote areas


1-day focused workshops:

o Engaging with Interpreters

o First Nations

o Gendered Violence in Diverse Communities

o Multicultural

o Men who use Violence

o Women with Disability


Self-paced eLearning courses

DV-alert eLearning is designed for participants who prefer the flexibility of learning online. The two eLearning streams offered are DV-alert General and DV-alert Women with Disability.

ELearning participants have nine weeks to complete the training package. More information is available here.


Awareness workshops

DV-aware workshops give an introduction to understanding domestic and family violence and what can be done next and are available to members of the public.

2-Hour DV-aware

Learn the signs and forms of abuse, and what to do if you know someone experiencing domestic violence. Available to anyone 18 years and over and living in Australia.

1-Day DV-aware

Gain an understanding of the complexities of domestic and family violence. Learn how to recognise the signs, how to respond safely and how to refer when necessary. Available to anyone 18 years and over and living in Australia.

Brothers Standing Tall

This workshop is an introduction to understanding how family violence affects First Nations families. Available to First Nations males aged 16 years and over, this workshop offers an opportunity to gain insight into family violence issues and consider it could be prevented in the community.


Please visit www.dvalert.org.au to apply for a place in a workshop near you.

Delivery of training and assessment on behalf of Lifeline Australia RTO 88036.

DV-alert is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information.

This training program is NOT intended to equip participants to undertake therapeutic or counselling work.

Please visit www.dvalert.org.au to apply for a place in a workshop near you.