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What we offer

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre run a range of training sessions to support the primary prevention of violence against women and family violence, and to recognise and respond to sexual assault and family violence. As a key partner in the Multidisciplinary Centre (MDC) and The Orange Door (the Support and Safety Hub) in the Barwon Region, we are well positioned with a wealth of expertise and practical working knowledge. Our training includes sessions for organisations, professionals and community. Training is delivered by industry professionals who have a diverse range of relevant education and employment histories. Where appropriate, learnings from direct practice will be shared with participants to further enhance their learning experience. Our training is developed using an informed evidence base, and is contemporary with current reforms and practice.

The trainer presented the session with great clarity and engagement – Training participant


We currently deliver training in the Barwon area, Wimmera region and across Melbourne. Our training and professional development services are available across Victoria, and interstate upon request. Tailored training packages Using our specialist expertise, The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre offers fee for service training, specifically designed to meet your needs, and tailored to your audience. Where our training sessions are delivered to an organisation, it is important to include this in the context of work happening across the organisation, with mutually reinforcing messages. It is with the transference of this knowledge and skill into practice, that real change can be made, in workplaces, community and across settings; to prevent and address sexual assault and family violence.

If you would like to have specialist training delivered in your organisation, contact the Training Team on (03) 5222 4318 or [email protected] to discuss how we can work with you.

An informative, interesting and engaging session. I took a lot out of the session and materials and thoroughly enjoyed it – Training participant

Contributing to the evidence base and reflective practice

Our training sessions are evaluated, with direct feedback from participants at the end of each session, then reviewed, and or refined. We value the importance of effective evaluation, and increasing capability of our training participants. Our training offerings

Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women


This training includes:

  • Prevalence and gendered nature of violence against women
  • Primary prevention approach and its relationship with secondary and tertiary prevention (early intervention and response)
  • Key drivers of violence against women
  • Essential actions and key settings of change, with examples of promising practice


DATE: September 11th 
COST $70

Morning tea provided.


Identifying Family Violence

This training includes:

  • Define family violence, know the prevalence, understand the gendered nature and identify a range of violent behaviours
  • Build understanding on diversity of family violence experiences
  • Increase confidence in responding to disclosures of family violence
  • Extend your awareness of relevant specialist services

We are currently delivering Identifying Family Violence Training. If you would like further information and to book a session, please click here

Training was excellent, videos were both excellent and clearly got across important messages – Training participant

Responding to Sexual Assault and Family Violence

This introductory professional training course is participants with no specific sexual assault and family violence work experience. It covers:

  • Social context and gendered nature of sexual assault and family violence
  • Prevalence and co-existence
  • Prevailing myths and facts
  • Responding to disclosures
  • Key contacts and referral pathways

Trauma: The Body and the Brain

This workshop is designed for professionals who are responding to people who have experienced trauma.

The session:

  • Creates a context for understanding trauma through a neuroscience lens
  • Develops an understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain and body
  • Explores strategies and provides effective grounding techniques to manage trauma symptoms

Date: Monday October 28 2019

Cost: $70

Time: 9:15 arrival for 9:30am start – 1pm

Location: Conference Room, The SAFV Centre, 59 – 63 Spring St, Geelong West, 3218

Morning tea provided.


Working Relationally with Family Members

This training:

  • Provides a solid rationale for working with a young person (after sexual assault or family violence) and their non-offending family members
  • Works from a foundation of safety
  • Identifies obstacles and therapeutic directions in joint work with a parent and their child
  • Offers guidelines for counselling that support and strengthen the relationship that has been undermined by the perpetrator


Bookings for all sessions can be made by clicking on the relevant Trybooking link. If you are experiencing difficulties with this process, please contact (03) 5222 4318 or [email protected]

Email contact list

If you would like to be included in our training email list, please contact us [email protected] or (03) 5222 4318.


  • We request cancellations of registration to be made in writing to The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre Training team [email protected]
  • Fees paid will be refunded as follows:
  • Cancellation before five working days prior to course – full refund
  • Cancellation within five working days prior to course – partial refund, less $50 late cancellation fee.
  • Registrations are transferable to a colleague for all training sessions (except where pre-requisite sessions are not met). Notification is required prior to the commencement of training on the day. This should be by email, where possible.
  • Sessions may be cancelled and your registration fee refunded if registration numbers do not meet minimum requirements to proceed.


  • Who can attend our training?

    People who attend our training can include professionals and volunteers from community sector services, health sector services, the education sector, disability sector services, the justice sector, along with other relevant service providers.

  • Where are the sessions held?

    Sessions are held in a variety of community and workplace settings. Our core training is primarily based in Geelong, Colac and Horsham. Our training services are available across Victoria, and interstate via request. Location details will be clearly stated in the session information details.

  • How long do sessions run for?
    • Most sessions are three hours or a full day. There are occasional variations to this, depending on the content of the course and to meet the needs of the audience.
    • Please check the session information details which will clearly state the commencement and end time for each session.
  • How much do sessions cost?

    The cost information for each session is provided in the session information details. Please check this information prior to enrolment.

  • How do I enrol for a session?

    Enrolment is via Trybooking. You will find this link in the session information details. Click on the link and it will take you to the appropriate page.

  • Who should I contact if I’d like further information about a session?

    You can contact the Training Team on (03) 5222 4318 or [email protected].

  • Enrolment terms and conditions
    • The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre works to ensure accessibility to all our training for all people. If you have any support needs, please let us know.
    • Please refer to our section on Cancellations regarding any alterations or cancelations for session enrolments.

Contact details

For all queries about the training services offered by the Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre please refer to the following: (03) 5222 4318 [email protected]

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