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Screening and Safety Planning


About the Course

The AVERT Family Violence Screening & Safety Planning course introduces universal holistic screening as the first and critical step in developing effective responses to family violence.  Based on current research and professional expertise, the course provides skills to detect risks early and safety plan effectively.

Learners will gain knowledge about:

  • The Family DOORS (Detection of Overall Risk Screen) framework
  • Universal screening practices
  • Thresholds of risk
  • Safety planning.

Learners will gain skills to;

  • Conduct effective safety planning

For those who wish to continue exploring this important issue, the AVERT Family Violence Responding to Perpetrators of Family Violence ($55.00 per person) is now available.

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Introductory Video

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Who can participate?

No pre-knowledge or work experience in family violence is required.

The course has been specifically designed for those working within the community services, health, family law and human services sectors. However, this introductory course is accessible to anyone with an interest in the area of family violence.

Course Format

The course is interactive involving audio slides, videos, and quizzes with up to date resources for you to download.

As on online program, you can work through the course at your own pace.  The topics covered are:

  • Why screen?
  • What is universal screening?
  • Family Law DOORS
  • Responding to identified risks
  • Safety planning.

Related Courses

Family DOORS

Learn to screen for patterns of risk.

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AVERT Family Violence Responding to Perpetrators

Engage confidently and respond effectively.

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This course is free.

Course at a Glance

Start at any time and work at your own pace

5 main topics

20-30 minutes of work per topic


English captions

Certificate of completion upon completing the course

Accessibility Information

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