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City Rolls Out Training Programs for Frontline Workers of Domestic Abuse within LGBT Relationships

City Rolls Out Training Programs for Frontline Workers of Domestic Abuse within LGBT RelationshipsThe Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CPDVSA) has worked in conjunction with Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBT) Hotline Association to roll out a training program to empower frontline workers of LGBT domestic abuse service with enhanced job proficiencies.
Consisting of beginner and advanced-level courses, the program covers a wide range of topics: introduction to sexual diversity, factors and types of domestic abuse in LGBT relationships, the target receivers of gender diversity service, and the creation of LGBT-friendly counselling rooms. Classes consist of lectures, role-play activities, and small-group practices.
A total of 148 members from departments such as social work, police, and nursing care have completed the training on May 11, 2018. Each graduate received a rainbow ribbon pin badge showing the possession of LGBT inclusion awareness and professional knowledge in that regard.
According to CPDVSA Director Chen Sue-chuan, the design of the badge incorporates purple ribbon (representing domestic violence awareness) and the rainbow flag (the symbol of LGBT movement). The badge will serve as an identification mark for the city’s workers of domestic violence services.
Some participants who have completed the training lauded the courses for helping them clear up uncertainties and overcome stereotypes.
According to CPDVSA statistics, there were 75 LGBT-related domestic violence incidents reported in 2017, compared with 38 and 27 in 2016 and 2015 respectively. The agency pointed out that many victims are still afraid about reporting violence due to fears of their sexual orientation being made public and facing possible discrimination by authorities. Therefore, it is important to create a supportive environment for LGBT individuals seeking help and ensure that all people, regardless of sexual inclination and age, are protected.