Domestic, Family Violence and People with Cognitive Disability

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

This one day training course will look at the dynamics of violence within intimate relationships, highlighting the particular issues that people with a range of cognitive disabilities experience.

It is focused on providing workers tools and practical strategies to use when working with people with cognitive disability that may be experiencing or affected by domestic and or family violence.

Looking at the dynamics of violence within intimate relationships, male/female, same sex couples, and female/male, providing an understanding of the impact that domestic and family violence has on people with a cognitive disability, and how it is responded to differently. It particularly focuses on family violence, as people with a cognitive disability often experience violence within a family situation, not just intimate partner relationships.

Further, this training will touch on the response of service providers, notably from the disability and family violence sectors as well as the justice system, based on their different understanding of violence and disability.

The course will also cover the impact this line of work has on workers and will provide information and strategies on what these various impacts are, providing tools and information on the importance of, and ways to utilise ‘self care’.

Outcomes of the course

In summary, the course will cover:

  • Definition of Cognitive Disability, as well as Domestic Violence (DV) and Family Violence (FV), and what is the difference.
  • Understanding what constitutes a domestic (DV) and/or a family violence relationship (FV)
  • Develop an understanding of the needs of people with cognitive disability experiencing DV/FV.
  • How this may vary, for example: people with disabilities who live in institutions and residential settings are also susceptible to violence from staff and other residents.
  • The rights and needs of people with a cognitive disability and the barriers faced.
  • Identify gaps in assistance to people with a cognitive disability experiencing abuse, both within disability services and domestic violence services.
  • How to identify boundary issues – for workers, clients and the community.
  • Myths and facts.
  • Identify and examine examples of good practice and policy.
  • Develop strategies to assist in working with people who have a cognitive disability.
  • How this work can impact on workers emotionally.
  • Support Services.

Who Should Attend

The ‘Domestic, Family Violence and People with Cognitive Disability’ course has been developed for community workers engaging with clients who have a cognitive impairment, are in contact with the criminal justice system and may be experiencing domestic and/or family violence.