Public servants need domestic violence training: Report

by L&D23 May 2016
In the 12 months prior to the 2012 Personal Safety Survey it was recorded around 8,900 ACT women had experienced some form of violence.

The survey also found that ACT women who experienced violence in the preceding year were more likely to be hurt by a current or former intimate partner or other known person, than a stranger.

However, most people who experience domestic violence do not report it to the police so it's not clear what the rate in the ACT is, according to the Domestic Violence Prevention Council.

Now, a new report by the Domestic Violence Prevention Council has found that “a number” of the perpetrators and victims of family violence are current and former ACT bureaucrats, according to The Canberra Times.

The council recommended that federal public servants should be given compulsory training in relation to domestic violence.

In particular, it called on the Australian Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd to introduce family violence training programs for all new employees.

The council also called for universities to include family violence training in law, education and health courses.

The report was commissioned by the council in 2014, and included 28 recommendations.

"The Australian Public Service Commissioner should be informed that a number of the homicide victims and perpetrators were current or former employees of the APS and the APS should consider addressing family violence in mandatory induction training," said the report.

Moreover, frontline workers were found to have inadequate comprehension of domestic violence and needed further training.

L&D Professional has previously reported that many frontline employees may be first point of contact a woman will talk to if they are experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault.

A particularly disturbing statistic last year was that one in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence from a partner, boyfriend, or date.

Last year, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised $100 million to help put an end to this "national disgrace". 

If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic or family violence or sexual assault, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit In an emergency, call 000.