Round one of domestic violence program to be rolled out in the Hunter Valley

Workers in the mining and construction industries in the Singleton area will be among the first to benefit from a new domestic violence training program commencing in October 2017.

The program, ‘Toolbox Talks’, will be rolled out over three years, delivering weekly training to employees at mining and construction companies across the Hunter Valley region.

Singleton Family Support was one of seven successful services selected for the first round, and will partner with Sutherland Shire Family Services in Sydney who will run the project.

The service has been operating in the Singleton area for the past 30 years, and works to support families to become confident and empowered to make positive, independent decisions. 

Lindsay Rutherford, Manager at Singleton Family Support, said that their aim is to get the message out to as many mining companies around the region as they can.

“We work to provide early intervention and tackle issues such as positive parenting and case management of domestic and family violence and hardships,” Ms Rutherford said. 

“We currently have two companies on board for the training program in October, LakeCoal, Chain Valley and LD Operations in Rutherford”.

“Singleton Family Support will work with the greater Hunter region, the mining industry and families suffering to support domestic violence sufferers and minimise the impact it has on the wider community by providing information on how to identify it,” she explained.

The Toolbox Talks project comes after the announcement of $20 million in NSW state budget funding last month for a Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Innovation Fund for prevention, early intervention and crisis responses for DFV victims.

With 86 per cent of mining industry workers being male, the Toolbox Talks training will provide information on DFV and provide guidance on conversations men can have with their peers.

The project aims to improve understanding of the impacts and complexities of DFV and to provide referrals to support services where appropriate.

“We are very excited for the Hunter Valley to be involved in positive change for the community and building up support for more education in the workforce and more support for regional communities,” Ms Rutherford said. 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Singleton Family Support Manager Lindsay Rutherford said that they are calling to get as many mining companies involved as they can before October.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Singleton Family Support Manager Lindsay Rutherford said that they are calling to get as many mining companies involved as they can before October.

Singleton Family Services moved to their new location at ‘The Stables’ on the corner of Bishopgate and Market streets, Singleton in September 2016.

For further information regarding Toolbox Talks, visit http://www.singletonfamilysupport.org.au/ or contact Lindsay at lindsay@singletonfs.org.au

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