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L-R: Sue-Ellen Smith, Bec and Lisa from Lela & Co, Marion from Lifeline WA with Daniel and Kristy Danborough from Relationships Australia.

New course trains professionals in domestic violence

A GROUND breaking Family Domestic Violence (FDV) awareness training for hair and beauty professionals has been conducted at Midland Women’s Health Care Place (MWHCP).

The program is a collaborative effort between the City of Swan, Swan Family Domestic Violence Network, Relationships Australia WA, Midland Women’s Health Care Place and Lifeline WA.

The training comprised a two hour interactive presentation by Lifeline followed by a comprehensive Q&A session with the Swan Family and Domestic Violence Network panel.

City of Swan executive officer Jeremy Edwards said he was pleased the City could facilitate such an important event.

“The main purpose is to empower hairdressers and beauticians with resources and training so they can link abuse victims with professional services,” Mr Edwards said.

“Similar training has been undertaken in the eastern states.”

Relationships Australia Midland Branch Manager Kristy Darnborough said WA has the second highest rate of reported family domestic violence in the country despite only 30 per cent of incidents being reported to police.

“The FDV awareness training will mean salon employees will be taught how to identify warning signs that someone might be a victim of domestic violence,” she said.

“They can be the link that provides the correct resources for someone in need and make a real difference to their life.”

The City of Swan plans to hold more sessions in future. Anyone interested in completing the course can send an email to communitydi@swan.wa.gov.au

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