In Australia, intimate partner violence contributes to more death, disability and illness in women aged between 15 and 44 than any other preventable risk factor.

An alarming one in five women have experienced sexual violence and one in three have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.

Bendigo’s Youth Support and Advocacy Service will be hosting a family violence workshop next month – Young Women, Drugs and Intimate Partner Violence – that will provide practical training strategies to support these at-risk young women in the community.

YSAS’s workforce training
manager Jo Driscoll said the workshop was designed for people working in the welfare, psychology and education sectors.

“There are no established protocols and guidelines on how to deal with young women, drugs and intimate partner violence,” Ms Driscoll said.

Trainer Bianca Johnson has been researching the complex
experiences of intimate and family violence, criminal justice, trauma and young women.

The one-day workshop at Fosterville Gold Tennis Centre on Thursday, July 11 aims to help practitioners understand the unique vulnerabilities of young women and give them confidence to support and empower them.

The session runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm and tickets are $120.

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