july, 2020

6jul2:00 pm- 4:00 pmAccountable and Engaged Responses to LGBTI Family Violence Calls2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Online event


Event Details

This training and professional development workshop is ideal for front line practitioners who work on crisis lines or intake workers who receive disclosures of intimate partner abuse by either victim survivors or perpetrators. Family violence responses may or may not be your primary role during calls.

This workshop will enhance your work by offering a queer affirmative framework to family violence practice in order to provide inclusive responses to LGBTI people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence to appropriate support services.

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Identify and understand the unique vulnerabilities and barriers that LGBTI callers face
  • Examine a definition of LGBTI intimate partner abuse and how it can guide interventions on the phones
  • Understand guiding principles and frameworks used to work with gay/ bisexual/ trans/ queer men and provide referrals to perpetrator behaviour change programs
  • Understand how the experiences of police and the criminal justice system impact on LGBTI callers
  • Know about the specialised services available to support LGBTI victims and perpetrators of family violence for prompt and relevant referrals
  • Ways to avoid misidentification of LGBTI people and their partners during phone call
  • Understand the risks of collusion with LGBTI callers

As well as reflective practice:

  • Be offered a practice model to promote caller engagement and referrals
  • Discussions on working with LGBTI family violence within a COVID-19 context- what are we learning, what are our challenges
  • Reflective practice to apply the frameworks with facilitated group discussion
  • Listen to a mock LGBTI intake call and group reflections

Anthony Lekkas

Anthony is a counsellor and social worker and his work spans over 15 years of working in the LGBTI and mainstream not-for-profit community health sector and in private practice. Anthony‚Äôs work involves developing and co-facilitating men’s behaviour change programs (MBCP) for LGBTI and mainstream family violence services. He has led an LGBTI family violence court support team with Magistrates Courts Victoria and currently provides clinical supervision to family violence practitioners and MBCP teams. Anthony is responsible for the delivery of LGBTI family violence training and capacity building with Thorne Harbour Health.


(Monday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Thorne Harbour Health