Skip to Content

Training and professional development

Everyone has a responsibility to be informed about sexual, domestic and family violence.

What are my responsibilities?

It’s important to know how to respond to sexual, domestic and family violence in a helpful way. Frontline workers and professionals within the health, community and human services sectors have extra responsibilities. These responsibilities will depend on their qualifications, training and experience in being able to:

  • Respond to disclosure
  • Identify violence
  • Provide support and refer people experiencing violence to further specialist support

Your organisation's responsibilties

Organisations also have a responsibility to make sure all staff are informed about sexual assault and domestic and family violence. Opportunities for training should be made available to all staff. Induction processes for new employees should also cover training in identifying and responding to sexual, domestic and family violence.

What training is right for me?

The following information provides an overview of the level of training about sexual assault and domestic and family violence that workers should access depending on their role and professional background. 

Universal training

Training to provide a universal response should give staff a basic understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault and domestic and family violence, its links to mental health, alcohol and drug misuse as well as workers’ legal duties. It should cover the basics of how violence impacts on people’s emotional, social, physical and psychological wellbeing. It should also provide an understanding of diversity, equality and human rights issues as related to sexual, domestic and family violence.

Specialist training

Training to provide a specialist response should equip staff with a more detailed understanding of sexual assault and domestic and family violence and more specialist skills to appropriately intervene 

(Adapted from NICE Guidelines: Domestic Violence and Abuse: Multi-Agency Working, ph50, February 2014, Recommendation 15)