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Coercive Control

NGO Training for the Domestic and Family Violence Sector

In November 2022, the NSW Parliament passed the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Act 2022, creating a new offence for coercive control in intimate partner relationships, effective July 2024.

The Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT) in partnership with the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) NSW has developed this specialised face-to-face training in response to recommendations made by NSW Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control to support practitioners in identifying and responding to coercive control. This training will be rolled-out between June 2024 and November 2024 in preparation for the new legislation.

Who is the course for?

The Coercive Control 1 day training package has been tailored especially for approximately 1000 family and domestic violence (FDV) workers in the community services sector across NSW.

Who is most at risk?
  • Women
  • People with disability
  • Aboriginal people
  • People from multicultural, migrant and refugee backgrounds
  • People who are LGBTQIA+
  • Older people
  • Children and young people
Why is the course important?

Anyone can experience coercive control. People who use coercive control may use physical or non-physical abusive behaviours, or a combination of both. All abusive behaviours are serious. Coercive control has traumatic and pervasive immediate and long-term impacts on victim-survivors, their families, and communities.

Learning about abuse can help a person identify abuse if it happens to them or assist FDV workers in their support of victim survivors.

Some of the content that will be covered in the workshop?
  • Understanding Coercive control
  • Recognising Coercive Control
  • Legal and Policy framework in NSW
  • Practical Interventions and Support
  • Case Scenarios and Practical Exercises
  • Staff Wellbeing and Support
  • Q&A; Evaluation and Resources
Where will the course be held?

One day workshops will be scheduled across NSW within the 7 DCJ districts, commencing in June 2024. Please click on the buttons below to register for specific locations close to where you work.

How will the course be delivered?

This interactive 1-day workshop will be intersectional and use a variety of adult learning techniques. All facilitators hold current practical and theoretical experience in the field of domestic and family violence.

We will also explore how coercive control may present in different communities, such as:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)
  • People with Disability
  • Regional, Rural and Remote (RRR)
  • Children and Young People
Will the course be offered online?

The training sessions will be held face-to-face. Other related training will be developed from the evaluation and participant feedback.

Don’t forget that CCWT have the proven capability and experience of successfully online face to face and mixed mode training as the need arises. Please email us at to find out more about this course, and other related courses.

How much does it cost?

The course fee is subsidised by the Department of Communities and Justice and is provided to eligible DFV community sector worker participants from non-Government organisations free of charge.

Will you provide a culturally safe training environment?

CCWT is committed to providing a culturally safe training environment. A partnership with AbSec has been arranged to provide Aboriginal co-facilitation in districts with significant Aboriginal populations that focus on Family and Domestic Violence (FDV), staffing, and community support.

Free Workshops in June 2024

Free Workshops in July 2024

Free Workshops in August 2024

Free Workshops in September 2024

18 Sept
23 Sept
26 Sept

Free Workshops in October 2024

Free Workshops in November 2024

Meet the Facilitators

Our experienced facilitators possess not only deep subject matter expertise but also the ability to guide participants through practicing new skills and understanding new content. They will foster collaborative relationships that enhance the training experience and help identify the necessary local networks to bring the new legislation into action effectively.

Additional Resources

Learn more about Coercive Control here. Download the Coercive Control factsheet here (english and other languages).

Are you experiencing coercive control?

Contact 1800RESPECT by calling 1800 737 732, texting 0458 737 732, or using the online chat. Video call is also available via the website from to 9am to 5pm AEST, Monday to Friday (except national public holidays). No appointment needed.

Child or young person

Call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or chat online to a trained counsellor. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Call Headspace on 1800 650 890 or chat online to a trained counsellor. Available 9am to 1am every day.

An Older person

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Elder Abuse helpline on 1800 353 374.

Call the Ageing and Disability Commission on 1800 628 221. Available Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4pm.

Living with a disability

Visit the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline or call 1800 880 052 (toll free) and speak with an experienced Hotline staff member.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Call 13YARN (13 92 76) Here to provide crisis support 24/7 to yarn with you without judgement and provide a confidential, culturally safe space.


Full Stop Rainbow Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Helpline or call 1800 FULL STOP (1800 497 212) to speak to a trained counsellor. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

TransHub is ACON’s digital information and resource platform for all trans and gender diverse people in NSW. Their Our Relationships page provides advice on healthy relationships for trans and gender diverse people.

Are you worried about your behaviour?

Contact the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 to speak to a trained professional. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

ACWA acknowledges the support of the NSW Government.