The family law sector cannot avoid the family violence epidemic in Australia, a conference has heard.
Speaking on Saturday in Brisbane at the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC Conference), Dr Claire Ralfs said, “We need to continue to improve our ability to detect family violence using behaviourally specific tools. When we look for patterns of behaviour it gets easier to spot the ‘one offs’ as well as the highly risky ruminations, planning and obsessive patterns that may or may not have already included physical violence.”
Dr Ralfs was presenting with Principal Researcher Jamie Lee. Dr Lee added, “Many speakers have called for faster, better and deeper understanding of family violence. I think DOORS is helping our practitioners do that on a daily basis.”
Online training for family law practitioners on risk screening is available via www.familylawdoors.com.au
Free online training in understanding family violence is available via www.avertfamilyviolence.com.au
Dr Jamie Lee and Dr Claire Ralfs presenting at the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference.
This post was also published on the Australian Institute of Social Relations website, the training division of Relationships Australia SA.