The National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service — 1800RESPECT — has released an online toolkit for frontline workers. The toolkit is designed to help them better recognise the signs of sexual assault, domestic and family violence and empower them to respond well.
The toolkit has information on good practice, education videos with specialists, webinars and phone apps. Workers can access the full toolkit, or an agency can tailor a toolkit according to their learning and development needs.
Developed to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence — November 25 to December 10 — the toolkit, like 1800RESPECT’s counselling services, was funded by the Commonwealth’s Department of Social Services.
Federal Minister for Women Senator Michaelia Cash said frontline workers were often the first person a woman discloses her experience to, which is why it is important to empower them with appropriate tools, information and guidance.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged frontline workers to access the toolkit and share its information: