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A Masterclass in managing domestic violence in our community

Tragically, the incidence of domestic violence continues to grow across Australia. Statistics show that one woman per week is lost at the hands of someone they know. 


Police reports show a 1.7% increase of family violence incidents across Greater Geelong in 2021/2022, compared to the previous year. Domestic violence is a complex social problem and requires multiple strategies to address its causes and impacts.

In the 1980’s, a small and progressive thinking community in Duluth located in northern Minnesota set about establishing some new ways of addressing domestic violence in their community. Primarily led by Ellen Pence and community leaders from criminal and justice agencies, advocates and victims collaborated and developed the innovative model to address domestic violence.

Whilst keeping the victim/survivor at the centre of the work, the model offers a method for statutory and non-statutory services to coordinate their responses to domestic violence. Its effectiveness lies in its unique capacity to organise services that respond to perpetrators of domestic violence in a methodical and systemic manner.

Bethany Community Support, together with the Barwon Area Integrated Family Violence Committee and Global Rights for Women are hosting a very special two-day Masterclass with international guest speakers Melissa Scaia, Lori Flohaug and Kay Arola to teach us how a community can work together to create a community coordinated  response.

The Masterclass is a great opportunity for domestic violence service Managers, Senior Workers, Practice Leaders, Victoria Police, statutory services, Government, Academics and Peak bodies to learn more about the Duluth Model and to help develop a coordinated community response.

The Masterclass is being held on Wednesday 22 March and Thursday 23 March at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, Geelong.

For more information about the conference and to purchase tickets, please visit www.bethany.org.au/duluthmasterclass

For event enquiries, please email events@meli.org.au

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