In 2021, the QBE Foundation partnered with Challenge DV to ensure that frontline domestic and family violence service workers who worked in First Nations communities in Far North Queensland received essential training to support those who have experienced trauma.
Following sector consultation, Challenge DV identified that many of the domestic and family violence frontline service workers based in Far North Queensland and First Nations communities had not received any trauma training as part of their professional development. Thanks to an investment by the QBE Foundation, Challenge DV engaged a trauma specialist to develop a plan to address this gap and help those working in regional and remote communities.
The project delivered trauma-informed training for 20 domestic and family violence frontline workers who both work in and are part of First Nations communities. The training was also made available and accessible to the community through online training modules.
Through the training, participants were given an opportunity to share their experiences relevant to trauma, which supported everyone to gain deeper knowledge of how trauma is experienced differently as well as explore learnt strategies around how to self-care. It also created new connections to be formed between those working in shelters.
QBE Foundation’s investment in our First Nations communities through trauma-informed training for frontline workers demonstrates its deep commitment to domestic and family violence prevention.
Every day, frontline workers provide critical support to some of our community’s most vulnerable, yet they often operate with limited resources and time, which prevents them from accessing support, such as professional development.
We are proud to partner with QBE Foundation, an organisation that shares our mission to end domestic and family violence once and for all and look forward to working with them on future programs that tackle domestic and family violence prevention.