Conversations in the Chair:

responding to domestic and family violence

May 2019

Port Macquarie

As part of Law Week 2019, the Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre is seeking to host a community legal education session called “Conversations in the Chair: responding to domestic and family violence”. This project will provide a group of 25-40 hairdressers (subject to funding and cost) with training on domestic and family violence issues, including the skills to recognise and respond to instances of domestic and family violence amongst their clients. This 1-2 hour community legal education session will be a collaborative effort between local legal and non-legal domestic and family violence support services. Local services that may collaborate with the Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre include NSW Health, local domestic and family violence support specialist services and the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service. The Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre has working relationships with each of these local agencies and will harness this already established relationship to improve the efficacy and reach of the program, pulling together skills from multiple specialist agencies into one event.

We have received anecdotal feedback from local hairdressers that domestic and family violence is a matter that they note frequently amongst their clients and yet feel ill equipped with the knowledge or skills to adequately respond to. This project aims to fill this knowledge gap for local participants to in relation to domestic and family violence. By the end of the training, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the different types of domestic and family violence;
  2. Feel more confident in identifying domestic and family violence;
  3. Feel more confident responding to domestic and family violence amongst clients;
  4. Have an understanding of how and when to refer clients to local legal and non-legal services that can assist individuals who are experiencing domestic and family violence;
  5. Have an understanding of how a lawyer might be able to assist an individual who is experiencing domestic and family violence;
  6. Have an understanding of how other non-legal supports can assist an individual who is experiencing domestic and family violence.

This training session will include a free breakfast for participants. As part of Law Week 2019 celebrations, we hope to provide breakfast for participants so that they are encouraged to attend this session with colleagues. It is hoped that providing CLE in this manner will foster a social environment that hairdressers will feel welcome to attend.

Each participant business who attends the training will also be provided with a “Conversations in the Chair” resource pack that they can then use in their workplace. This resource pack will include information on legal and non-legal family and domestic violence resources and support services. Information from this resource pack can be distributed or shared with individuals where participant hairdressers may have identified domestic or family violence.
 

Event details

Venue: 30 Murray Street Port Macquarie NSW 2444

For more information contact Holly Lawson