Women’s Safety Services is a provider of quality training in the South Australian community sector. We offer two semesters of training sessions per year, with courses tailored to various levels of experience. Our training draws upon the latest domestic and family violence research and practice frameworks, and is suitable for social workers, employees in the public sector, community workers, students and people that work closely with children and families.

We are also able to book training sessions specifically for your workplace. If you are interested, please contact us at


Women’s Safety Services SA (WSSSA) is South Australia’s leading specialist in providing an integrated response to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.  As part of this work, WSSSA develops and delivers practice and skill-based training around recognising and responding to domestic and family violence.
WSSSA delivers foundational, intermediate and advance level courses that address the core knowledge and skills required to respond to families affected by domestic and family violence, as well as more specialised modules that focus on exploring key high risk factors.
WSSSA currently offers training packages via three main delivery options:


Individual staff can book into a course via our Training Calendar, which offers core units at regular intervals throughout the year. Learning is in a multi-disciplinary context.

Details will be provided below when events are available for booking. 


Organisations can request a training package for their staff group, delivered at a location chosen by the requesting organisation. Learning is contextualised to the particular needs of the staff group. For further information contact


WSSSA can work in partnership with a requesting organisation to develop a tailored learning package that meets the specific needs of that workforce. Learning is targeted to the strategic directions of a sector/organisation. Costing/contracts negotiated. For further information contact

Recognise and Respond to Domestic and Family Violence

Training Opportunities July - Decemeber 2022


Interested in developing a specialist understanding of domestic & family violence? Want to feel more confident in assisting victim/survivors of domestic and family violence?

Women's Safety Services is excited to be back in the training room and are offering the following courses for Semester 2. Each session is aimed at professionals in the health, education and community sectors, with a focus on developing crucial practice-based skills.

We also offer training packages that can be tailored and delivered specifically for your organization or team. Email for more information. 

**SPECIAL NEWS** Coercive Control e-learning course.
Women's Safety Services is soon to release a 3 hour e-learning course on how to recognise and assess for coercive control.  Understanding coercive control is fundamental learning to effectively respond to domestic and family violence.  Stay tuned for a release date and purchasing options.  

To browse our semester 2 courses click the link below to be taken to Eventbrite WSSSA training page or keep scrolling down to read about each course on offer and a direct booking link. 

Recognise and Respond to Domestic & Family Violence: Foundations

When: Tuesday 13 September
Time: 9:15am - 12:45pm
Location: Say.Kitchen - 78 Currie Street Adelaide
Cost: $120

This course is tailored for workers seeking foundation knowledge in domestic and family violence. In the session you will explore values and key understandings that underpin effective responses to domestic and family violence, how to recognise domestic and family violence, and key steps to respond to disclosures of domestic and family violence.

Recognise and Respond to Domestic and Family Violence: Safety Planning 

When: Tuesday 6 September 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Say.Kitchen 78 Currie Street Adelaide 
Cost: $150

This intermediate level course is designed to grow your practice skills in responding to adult disclosures of domestic and family violence and focusses on developing safety plans and other risk reductions strategies. 

Recognise and Respond to Domestic & Family Violence: Conversations

When: Thursday 3 November 2022
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm 
Location: Say.Kitchen 78 Currie Street Adelaide
Cost: $120  

This intermediate level course is all about how to have a conversation with an adult victim survivor who discloses domestic and family violence. You will explore how to initiate trauma informed conversations with people when you have concerns for their safety, and how to keep the conversation going.  Conversation complexities are explored including how and when to name domestic and family violence. This is a practice-focused session with opportunity to participate in role-plays and case scenarios.

Domestic and Family Violence and the Workplace: Responding to Disclosures

When: Tuesday 25 October 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Say.Kitchen 78 Currie Street Adelaide
Cost: $150

This course is for managers/supervisors/contact officers and focuses on how to respond to disclosures of domestic and family violence in the workplace.  The session will explore values and key understandings that underpin effective responses to domestic and family violence, how to recognise domestic and family violence, how to respond to disclosures, and how to create a safety plan to support the safety of employees in the workplace.


This suite of courses are for practitioners who's primary focus is supporting families, and focus on skill development in risk assessment and safety management. Please read carefully the descriptions to ensure you book into the correct course. 
All risk and safety courses assume participants have prior knowledge/skills in recognising and responding to domestic & family violence. 


Domestic & Family Violence: Risk Assessment and Safety Management
This is an advanced level course in conducting risk assessments, planning for safety, and how to meet your obligations under the Family Safety Framework. It is for practitioners who's primary role is supporting families in case management, family support, or therapeutic capacity.

When: Wednesday 19 & 20 October 2022
Time: Day 1: 9:30am - 4:30pm Day 2: 9:30 - 1:00 pm
Location: Say.Kitchen 78 Currie Street Adelaide
Cost: $300

Risk and Safety: Specialist DFV sector (Alliance Partners Only)
This 1.5 day course is for practitioners in the domestic and family violence sector and covers risk assessment, Family Safety Framework and safety management.

When: 20 & 21 September (in-person) or 8 & 9 November (zoom) or 6 & 7 December (in-person)
Time: Day 1: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm  Day 2: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Say.Kitchen 78 Currie Street Adelaide
Zoom link will be forwarded to participants upon registration
Cost: $250

Family Safety Framework
This targeted course will provide you with an overview of your obligations within the Family Safety Framework and cover the necessary knowledge and skills required to conduct a domestic violence risk assessment (DVRA) and submit a family safety meeting referral. 
*Please note that this session does not cover responding to risk outside of FSM referral. For training covering FSF and Safety Management, please book into Risk Assessment and Safety Management course.

When: Thursday 27 September 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Say.Kitchen 78 Currie Street Adelaide
Cost: $150

Please feel free to contact Kelly at if you would like to check which course is most suitable 

Well Being Well Doing: work related stress and vicarious trauma

When: Tuesday 15 November 2022
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Say.Kitchen 78 Currie Street Adelaide
Cost: $200  

If you do no other professional development this year, invest in yourself, and take a day to reflect and plan on how you can proactively support physical, mental, spiritual and community well-being to sustain the important work of supporting people impacted by trauma. Here at Women's Safety Services, we understand that well-being is a social and political issue, and that promoting well-being is complex, and deeply linked to values, meaning and safe communities. This course will give you an opportunity to gain foundational knowledge on different types of work related stress, and also create space for you to explore routes to safety, healing, connection and care.

Strangulation Awareness and Response

When: Tuesday 1 November
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Say.Kitchen 78 Currie Street Adelaide
Cost: $150

A specialised course in understanding and responding to this key high risk factor. Listen to the latest research on strangulation, as well as a practice framework for responding to disclosures. Participants will learn the signs, symptoms and physiological consequences of strangulation, and key health information, resources and referral options.

This course if fundamental learning for anyone who supports victims/survivors of domestic and family violence. 

Special 2 day Domestic and Family Violence Course

When: 11 & 12 October 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Say.Kitchen 78 Currie Street Adelaide
Cost: $400

Are you regularly working with women and children subjected to domestic and family violence? Are you considering applying for a job in a specialist domestic and family violence service? Are you keen to go beyond the basics to improve your practice responses to people who seek your support?

Then this is the course for you. A two-day immersive experience in responding to domestic and family violence from a safety-first response model. It will cover risk assessment, Family Safety Framework, Safety Management, Strangulation Awareness and Response and Vicarious trauma. This course is facilitated by a domestic and family violence specialist from Women’s Safety Services, who will present the latest practice approaches, and provide opportunity for skill development and reflective practice.

This is a special offer with significant savings (the cost to do the courses separately would total $600). This course will fill quickly. Secure your spot today to avoid missing out.