In a first for WA, the State’s only one-stop shop providing dedicated training in domestic violence prevention will launch next week. The Domestic Abuse Resource and Training Institute will be the only not-for-profit provider offering specialised training to organisations such as police and the departments of justice, health and communities to help reduce the high rate of family and domestic violence. DART director Jolene Ellat said it will also provide workplace training, early intervention in schools, support to women’s refuges, men’s behaviour change programs and counsellors for children affected by trauma. She said the training provider had been formed to fill a “significant gap” in the sector. “What we found was that there were lots of organisations that do phenomenal work in terms of community response, that also do little bits and pieces of training,” Ms Ellat said. “But there wasn’t the one organisation where people knew they could go to, and not only get good training, but get training delivered by specialists. “It’s evidence-based, place-based and trauma-informed.” Another key difference is that the institute will use four specialist consultation groups to make sure its work is informed by people with “lived experience”. “We have a First Nations consultation group, a diversity and inclusion team, a lived survivor team, and we have a young men and boys’ team around engaging men,” she said. “We are hoping to reach every single organisation and every community across WA through our prevention, early intervention and response and recovery training. “Ultimately, we are working towards creating safer homes, safer communities, safer schools and safer workplaces. “In order to achieve better responses for survivors and children, and also for men ... we need a whole of systems response.” The institute will focus on shifting language away from placing responsibility on victim-survivors to keep themselves safe and towards finding ways to work with perpetrators to change their abusive behaviour. “We’re really focusing on the cause of the harm, and that’s where our focus should be,” Ms Ellat said. “Because this is not a women’s issue — at this point in time, men’s violence against women is a men’s issue.” Ms Ellat said that since the institute’s predecessor, the DART group, started just over a year ago, it had “hit the ground running”, supporting more than 82 organisations and providing training to more than 700 people. “What we’ve found is that a lot of organisations are financially strapped themselves, so we’ve been providing in-kind support or heavily discounted training for different organisations,” she said.