Understanding LGBTQ Relationships and Abuse In-Person Training

Regular price $3,500.00
Understanding LGBTQ Relationships and Abuse In-Person Training

This two full-day training is designed to help participant’s break down preconceptions about gender, sexuality and LGBTQ people and their experiences. Through understanding the everyday lived experiences of LGBTQ people, professionals can better relate with clients, meaningfully engage them and help their clients overcome barriers to accessing services. All training will integrate the latest research in the area of domestic and family violence (DFV) and sexual assault in LGBTQ relationships. Training can be tailored depending on group participants. Focus can shift between victim/survivor, people who use abuse and/or have a greater focus on sexual assault.

Training topics:


  • Understanding the acronym and other identities
  • What is the difference between sex characteristics, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation?
  • Understanding different types of relationships and family structures in LGBTQ communities


  • How discrimination, minority stress and shame impact relationships and help-seeking.

Intimate partner violence, family violence and sexual assault

  • Prevalence
  • Differences and similarities to non-LGBTQ relationships
  • Understanding power differentiation in same-sex relationships
  • Trauma in LGBTQ communities
  • Myths, rape culture and unconscious bias
  • Working with shame
Bias and inclusion in the workplace
  • Workplace culture
  • Recognising and overcoming barriers to accessing services

Inclusive practice

  • Building rapport
  • Language


Outcome Outline:

Day 1

  • Critically reflect on their knowledge of and attitudes toward LGBTQ people;
  • Understand the acronym as well as the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics and sexual orientation;
  • Have a better understanding of the health disparities and additional challenges faced by transgender and gender diverse people;
  • Have a greater understanding of the prevalence and patterns of domestic violence for LGBTQ people;
  • Reflect on how heteronormative assumptions have negative effects on LGBTQ people’s relationships and create barriers to accessing support;
  • Understand the nature of violence in LGBTQ relationships including the roles that gender and sexuality play in characterising DFV and the extent to which gender based interventions are required for LGBTIQ victims and perpetrators;
  • Reflect on how DFV in LGBTIQ communities fits within a feminist framework for understanding DFV.

Day 2

  • Have a greater awareness of the impacts of minority stress, lateral violence and invisibility on the perpetration of abuse in LGBTQ relationships
  • Identify practice needs and develop strategies to adapt ways of working to meaningfully engage LGBTQ clients;
  • Respond effectively to the effects of homophobia, transphobia and misogyny on individuals and their relationships;
  • Increased understanding of the importance of sexuality and gender indicators and the confidence to administer;
  • Feel confident in their ability to meet the specific and unique needs of potential LGBTQ clients
  • Recognise areas for improvement within the operations of their current workplace, including policies, promotion, resources, evaluation framework and intake procedures
  • Readily refer clients onto appropriate services

Duration: 2 full days

Audience: Professionals Working with Clients Experiencing Domestic And Family Violence

Private sessions:

  • For up to 25 people 
  • Cost does not include travel outside of Sydney metro, catering, venue, or GST. 
  • Volume discount applies for purchasing more than 4 sessions. 

Public sessions:

 Location Dates
Training Venue Seats Remaining
Sydney - Surry Hills Postponed
ACON - 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Postponed
  • Concession discount available, please click here for more information.
  • Please make sure to read the cancellation/refund policy.
  • Once payment is complete, you will get an email from notifications@acon.bridgeapp.com saying you have been enrolled into a new program. Click “Go To Program


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