Lifeline Adelaide will mark International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March) by taking part in the coordinated national delivery of domestic and family violence response training (DV-alert) to health, allied health and other frontline community workers across Australia.

Alarmingly, one in three women who are subjected to domestic and family violence is likely to attempt suicide.

Lifeline Adelaide Service Manager, Danielle Hanisch, says that the organisation’s training day is about strengthening communities from within.

“We are proud to be taking part in this initiative that will see more than 150 workers from Cairns to Perth trained in how to deliver a range of immediate and practical measures to keep women and their children safe,” Ms Hanisch says.

“Lifeline Adelaide has been offering DV training to the local community for more than 10 years. There is no better time than International Women’s Day to be working collaboratively with other Lifeline centres on what is such a critical issue in our society.”

Lifeline Australia CEO Pete Shmigel said this community training was an important addition to national services like 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) and Lifeline’s own 13 11 14 crisis line, which provide 24/7 support to women subjected to domestic or family violence.

“We know that a whole-of-community approach to stopping domestic and family violence is absolutely vital, and Lifeline’s nationally-recognised training program DV-alert is about doing just that,” Mr Shmigel says.

“In training such large number of people in domestic and family violence response this week, we hope to send a message that there are important steps the community can take – and is taking – to tackle a culture of disrespect and violence, as well as to promote help seeking to appropriate support services.”   The DV-alert training is recognised as one of the key initiatives under the Australian Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Lifeline delivers DV-alert as face-to-face workshops or via e-learning and is offered via three different streams – General, Indigenous and Multicultural – to cater to the needs and contexts of diverse communities in Australia.

Since October 2011, Lifeline has trained more than 12,500 community frontline workers across the country to better support people subjected to domestic and family violence, develop safety plans and provide referrals to appropriate support services, such as women’s refuges, legal support or police.

To enquire about the training, email training@lifeline.org.au.

For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp

INTERVIEWS: To request an interview, please contact Danielle Hanisch on 0408 840 142.