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The Alice Springs Women’s Shelter provides a range of specialist training in domestic and family violence for the community sector.

  • Domestic Violence in the Central Australian Context – One Day Workshop
  • Domestic Violence in the Central Australian Context is our flagship training workshop.
  • This is a one day workshop that is offered around 4 times a year or alternatively, on demand.

It is an introductory workshop for all professionals who are new to working in the field of domestic violence, or are new to working in Central Australia.  This training is best suited to employees who may be exposed to first instance disclosures of domestic violence, rather than those who are primarily working with victims of domestic violence.

The training acknowledges that the experience of abuse for women in rural and remote Central Australia may vary significantly to those who live in urban areas and it explores the unique circumstances that face workers in delivering services in this region.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • an introduction into domestic violence
  • domestic violence in the Central Australian context
  • relevant local and international research
  • statutory obligations and mandatory reporting
  • risk assessments tools
  • safety planning procedures
  • best practices in working with children exposed to domestic violence

Workshops are interactive, involving group work and scenario based learning.

For more information on the Domestic Violence in the Central Australian Context workshop please contact our Community Development and Training officer: cdt@asws.org.au

The Family Safety Framework– one day workshop

The Family Safety Framework workshop is designed for professionals who work closely with women and children experiencing domestic violence.

The workshop lasts for one day and is offered on demand.

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • What the Family Safety Framework is and how it works
  • How to identify high risk clients
  • What are the risk factors
  • How to refer high risk clients onto Family Safety Framework

For more information on the Family Safety Framework please visit the FSF website NT (link).

Or contact our Community Development and Training officer: cdt@asws.org.au

Cultural Awareness Training

The Alice Springs Women’s Shelter offers a number of short training sessions on cultural awareness and sensitivity within the Central Australian context. Although the ASWS is open to all women, we deal a lot with Indigenous women from the local areas and from across Central Australian and the NT. It is important that we provide a service that is both sensitive and understanding of the specific cultural needs and differences within our region, to ensure women feel open and comfortable to access our service.

For more information on the Cultural Awareness training please contact our Community Development and Training officer: cdt@asws.org.au

Tailored Training Sessions

We offer a range of flexible domestic violence workshops and training sessions which can be tailored to the particular needs of your business or organisation. Workshops can be customised to cover certain information relevant to your workplace and can be delivered over varying timeframes.

For further information on our workshop and training services please email our Community Development and Training officer: cdt@asws.org.au


A Stitch in Time: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Violence Against Women

What is a Stitch in Time?

A Stitch in Time is a project aimed at preventing domestic violence against women by increasing the community’s capacity to provide support to women in abusive relationships.

How does it work?

A Stitch in Time combines the long history of domestic violence quilts in Australia with collective narrative therapy ideas by collecting women’s special knowledge about domestic violence prevention and intervention, and promoting it to the broader community. We hold a number of workshops with women in urban and remote communities across Central Australia and the NT. The quilts are placed on display in public exhibitions at festivals and events throughout the year to raise awareness about the effects of domestic violence in the local community.

Why are community responses so important?

Communities play an important role in responding to domestic violence. Friends, family and work colleagues are the main supporters of women experiencing violence (Australian Women’s Safety Survey, 1999). Communities and their leaders also play an important role in the creation of cultural norms and attitudes that contribute to violence (VicHealth 2007). Therefore, it is essential that we work with communities to address the roots of violence against women, and equip them to respond effectively to domestic violence.

Who can be involved?

A Stitch in Time focuses on collecting the special knowledge and skills of women from across Central Australia and the NT. Highlighting women’s skills and achievements in society is an important part of reducing domestic violence rates (Vichealth 2007, Commonwealth Government 2009). We hold workshops with women from a broad range of cultural, social and geographic backgrounds and communities.

How can I find out more?

If you would like more information on the project, or are interested in hosting a workshop or exhibition, please email our Community Development and Training officer:  cdt@asws.org.au

The Central Australian Family Violence and Sexual Assault Network (CAFVSAN)

The CAFVSAN network meets on a monthly basis to provide a forum for discussion of issues, sharing of information and advocacy in relation to domestic and family violence matters.

The Alice Springs Women’s Shelter acts as the CAFVSAN secretariat, and the network is currently chaired by Northern Territory Council of Social Services NTCOSS.

The primary objective of CAFVSAN is to work towards ensuring our community is free of domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

Guiding Principles of CAFVSAN

  • Everyone has the right to be free from all forms of violence and fear of violence.
  • Action on violence prevention is the responsibility of the whole community.
  • The responsibility for violent acts and their consequences rests entirely with the perpetrator. Practices which assist perpetrators to deny or avoid responsibility for their behaviour will be critically examined and replaced with more appropriate practices
  • The community needs to be empowered and mobilised to take action on Domestic/Family Violence and Sexual Assault.
  • Domestic/Family Violence and Sexual Assault is most frequently perpetrated by men against women and children.
  • Violence against women and children needs to be understood in its entire social context
  • The immediate and on-going safety of women and children is of paramount importance in all interventions.
  • CAFVSAN has a responsibility to be inclusive of the cultural, social, linguistic and geographic diversity of the Central Australian population.
  • The network is committed to pro-active engagement of Aboriginal community members.
  • It is the responsibility of all network members to act as a conduit between their ‘communities of interest’ and the network.

The Network

The following organisations send representatives to the CAFVSAN meetings, or receive minutes from CAFVSAN:

Alice Springs Transformation Plan, Anglicare,  Alice Springs Women’s Shelter, Alice Springs Hospital, Central Australian Women’s Legal Service, Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit, Centrelink, Cross Borders Indigenous Family Violence program, Department of Justice, Holyoake, Inkintja Men’s Health (Congress), NPY Women’s Council, Police Domestic and Personal Violence Unit, Relationships Australia, Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Tangentyere Council, Women’s Information Service.

Position Papers

CAFVSAN Guiding Principles and Definitions 22nd November 2011

Guiding_Principles_Definitions_Aims_Objectives_CAFVSAN (doc)