This great video on domestic violence, from a free Australian training package, involves actors playing real people. Bronwyn and Gary own a real estate business in a rural regional centre. They have two children; Luke aged 13 and Sally aged 11 who has Down syndrome. Bronwyn began seeing a Counsellor a year ago and disclosed that in the early years of their marriage, Gary had badly beaten her. Bronwyn has lived in constant fear that he would one day repeat this. Bronwyn is seen at a Counselling session. Gary is at an intake session with a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
The AVERT Family Violence package includes:
- A facilitator’s manual (which is where you should start)
- Over 30 short videos including two other stories (with additional commentary from a range of people working in the field of domestic and family violence) and a range of other videos with people talking about their experience of domestic and family violence or issues involved in working with survivors and perpetrators.
- Facts sheets on a range of topics including the Duluth wheel of violence, emotional and psychological abuse and its impact, intersectionality, myths and facts about family violence, and a cultural competence checklist.
- Discussion papers including dimensions, dynamics and impacts of family violence; involving and engaging perpetrators; responding to diversity; and screening, risk assessment and safety planning
- A variety of training exercises to explore important issues in more depth including a quiz on the dimensions and dynamics of family violence (and the answers).
- Training plans for 12 different contexts including a five-day intensive workshop; two-day workshops (or a series of two-hour tutes) for social work and psychology students; and one or two-day workshops on specific topics like engaging people who use violence, responding to cultural diversity and risk assessment.
- Power Points for use in the workshops including the impact of family violence on adults and children, risk factors and learning outcomes for the training plans.
Although it has a specific focus on professionals who are working in the family law system, it is relevant in a range of other contexts as well. We’ve used some of their material in a three-day workshop we run as part of part of the Master of Family Studies in a subject on responding to domestic and family violence. I can recommend them as very useful resources. I’ve found the three videos presenting the stories of real people the most useful as they are quite lifelike and capture some of the complexities involved in domestic and family violence.
So here are the two other videos. Zahra Shoukry and Jaber AbdulRahman are a married couple from different African countries. Jaber was a lawyer, and for political reasons he fled his country in fear of his life. They came to Australia to join other family members 8 years ago with their 2 children Leila and Jamal, who are now 8 and 10.
Tony was 19 and Jessica was 16 when their relationship begun. They were soon married and had 2 children. Jessica left Tony when she was 23 years old. She had become involved with another man. Max was 4 and Sarah was 6 years old. Tony and Jessica have had 4 years of legal proceedings. Currently the children reside with Jessica and every second weekend Tony picks them up from Jessica’s mother’s home. Tony is seeking to reduce his child support payments and have greater parenting time with the children because his plumbing business has become less viable over the past 12 months. Tony is now 30 years old and Jessica is 27 years old. The children are 8 and 10 years old. (This is the longest video at 42 minutes. It’s also available in chapters to allow for discussion at various points during the video.)
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