An Investigation of the Experiences and Training Needs of School Staff Regarding Student Exposure to Domestic Violence

September 28, 2017

Dr Emily Berger, Lecturer at Monash University will be attending the 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference this December, presenting “An investigation of the experiences and training needs of school staff regarding student exposure to domestic violence”.

Training Needs of Staff Regarding Student Exposure to Domestic Violence
Dr Emily Berger

This research investigated the experiences and training needs of school staff regarding student exposure to domestic violence. Teachers and other school staff (including leadership, wellbeing and support staff) at a secondary school in Victoria participated in interviews designed to assess staff knowledge of the impact of domestic violence on students and knowledge of services, attitudes towards families exposed to domestic violence, common responses to students exposed to domestic violence and barriers to responding, areas staff would like more education and training, and the format in which this information and training would be best received. Interviews were analysed using thematic analysis.

Results of this study will be discussed with particular consideration given to staff experiences and responses to student exposure to domestic violence, how exposure to domestic violence in students impacts the wellbeing and teaching practices of staff, how parents and teachers can work collaboratively in instances of student exposure to domestic violence, and how trauma-informed practices can be best implemented in schools to reduce the effects of domestic violence on students’ emotional, behavioural and academic functioning.

The 3rd STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia will be held at Rydges Melbourne from Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 December, followed by half day workshops on Wednesday 6 December 2017.

This year the Conference will embark on the theme of ‘Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate’ with nine featured speakers and over 50 expert stream/ workshop presenters.  The Conference aims to provide a platform for a unified national voice on ending domestic violence.

Find out more here.

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