Christopher Chan

Domestic violence workers need more support

FOR workers at the front line of dealing with domestic violence, the need for professional feedback and support is greater than ever.

Lifeline North Coast department of social services hosted a workshop in Grafton for workers who respond to domestic and family violence.

Trainers Jo Grodzicki and Fiona Ross said many front line responders are well informed, and learn from one another during the workshop.

While feedback from the workshop was positive, and progress is being made, Ms Grodzicki said more could be done to help the problem.

"The feeling from the group is that there is a lot more to be done in Grafton," she said.

"For them to hear what other agencies have to offer, and that they're all feeling the same way is validating, but they're also frustrated there's not enough accommodation for victims of domestic violence."

Ms Ross said over the past few workshops they've found supervision, in the form of debriefing and psychological support, is lacking for front line workers. "Wherever we've gone the front line worker is not being looked after, they're not getting supported the way they should be," she said.

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