Open Education and Training


Domestic Violence in the ACT Training

We are now offering twice annual one day education sessions on what domestic and family violence is, how you can respond to disclosure and support someone and how DVCS engages with the domestic and family violence landscape in the ACT.  This year the following sessions will be held:

Date: 16 August 2017 or 8 November 2017

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Where: Abode Woden, 10 Bowes Street, Woden

Cost: $165 per person including GST (includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

Who: This is suitable to people working within the community sector, medical and allied health professionals, educators and managers/supervisors.


Please click on this link to register for the session on 16 August 2017

Please click on this link to register for the session on 8 November 2017


Male Family Violence Training

DVCS is providing training for participants who work with men who use family violence.  This training will address myths, invitations to collude, identfying predominate agressor, risk assessment, challenging violence supporting narratives, relevant information gathering, sharing information, safety concerns, engagement techniques and tools of engagement, referrals and working within an intergrated system.  For further information about this session and the facilitator please click on the registration link below.


Denise Roberts has been a family violence worker for nearly 22 years and is considered one of the foremost experts in male family violence in Australia, having facilitated mandated, Corrections and voluntary programs for men who use family violence for the last 16 years.  For further information about Denise please click on the registration link below.

Mark Kulkens is a Clinical Psychologist who has facilitated over 1600 hours of group work, predominately with men who have perpetrated sexual and physical violence.  Mark has participated in a range of training events including the Graduate Certificate of Social Science: Male Family Violence for Men’s Behaviour Change Program facilitators and the Graduate Certificate of Social Science: Male Family Violence Telephone Counselling for the Men’s Referral Service Telephone Counsellors.

Michelle Perry’s work experience has involved direct client practice, training and development of family violence awareness and prevention practice.  Career highlights include writing Men’s Behaviour Change Program (MBCP) content for two organisations, piloting the first MBCP in a prison environment, and developing and facilitating training packages to assist with the understanding of family violence and appropriate responses.

Date: 5 Day Training (24 to 30 May 2017) or 15 Day Training (24 May to 27 June)

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Where: Abode Woden, 10 Bowes Street, Woden

Cost: 5 Day Training $1,100 per person including GST or 15 Day Training $3,300 per person including GST (includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

Who: This is relevant and appropriate for all participants who engage with men who may be using family violence in various agency settings such as Child Protection, Family Services, Court and Police, Counsellors, Homelessness workers, AOD and Mental Health workers.

Registration: Please click on this link to register


Private Education, Awareness and Training

DVCS provides awareness, education and training in relation to domestic and family violence to the ACT community, including government departments, community groups and organisations, schools and clubs.  

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

What topics do you cover: We can cover one or more of the following topics, who is and what does DVCS do; what is domestic and family violence; how to respond to disclosure; how to support someone experiencing domestic or family violence; and other topics you feel are relevant to your needs.

How long does the session go for:  We can work with the time you have available, however, it would not be possible to cover all the abovementioned topics in half an hour.  We suggest allowing at least 30 minutes per topic.

Where do the sessions take place: You will need to provide a suitable facility within Canberra and with access to a projector.  We provide our own lap top.

Should I provide refreshments: If your session is three hours or longer in duration we suggest you do provide some form of refreshment, such as morning or afternoon tea.  Water should be provided on tables.

How many people can attend: Ideally we prefer groups to be no larger than 30 people.  We can do multiple sessions if your group is larger than 30 people.  Of course, we are happy to facilitate sessions for groups smaller than 30 people.

What is the cost involved: We do charge for most sessions.  We charge on an hourly basis, plus cost of preparation if the subject you want covered is not a standard subject.  Our fee includes handouts for the participants.  We will advise you of the cost after we receive your request.

How much notice do you require: We require at least six weeks notice from the date of your request, but we can’t guarantee we can accommodate your specific date as other organisations may have already booked and we have limited capacity.

Qualifitations of Faciliator:  Our facilitator has qualifications in training and assessment.

To lodge your request please complete the form below and we will contact you within 10 business days: 

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