Continuing Professional Development for Legal Practitioners on Coercive Control

As part of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022–2032 the Australian Government announced funding to support a nationally coordinated approach to education and training on family, domestic and sexual violence for community frontline workers, health professionals, and the justice sector. This funding included $0.9 million over 4 years to develop and deliver continuing professional development (CPD) training for legal practitioners on coercive control.

The Attorney-General’s Department is consulting with stakeholders to inform the design of a grant opportunity for a suitably qualified organisation or consortium to develop and deliver a family safety professional competency package to educate and train legal practitioners on coercive control. A discussion paper and further information is available on the Attorney-General’s Department website.

The department welcomes ideas and feedback from interested stakeholders, and would like to invite you to share your input. Contributions can be provided online via the above link.

The consultation process will run until 21 July 2023. Following the consultation process a grant round is anticipated to open to eligible service providers at the end of 2023 and for agreements to be in place with service providers in early 2024.

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