Safe and Together Model


  • Does your work involve responding to people impacted by Family and Domestic Violence?
  • Would you like to learn how to engage, increase visibility, and hold perpetrators accountable for their behaviours even if you do not work with them directly?
  • Would you like to partner with the non-offending parent more effectively?
  • Would you like to improve your practice and create better outcomes for children and families exposed to Family and Domestic Violence?
  • Would you like to hear from practitioners who have successfully integrated the Safe & Together™ Model into their practice?

If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, then you may wish to consider attending the Safe and Together Model training.


Phoenix Support and Advocacy Service has partnered with the Safe and Together Institute in the United States to deliver their globally recognised model as detailed below.

Safe & Together™ Training

The Safe & Together Model is a skill based experiential training course that provides professionals effective strategies for interviewing perpetrators and survivors of FDV and a greater understanding of the impact of patterns of perpetrator violence on child and family functioning.

The Model has introduced innovative changes at the level of practice and how the broader service systems respond to FDV. The training has been instrumental in improving the understanding, support, and outcomes for survivors of domestic violence across Australia, transforming the way we hold perpetrators accountable – even if you are not working directly with them, with the key focus on child and adult safety.


Safe & Together™ Model CORE Training

The CORE Training is designed to provide a skills-oriented foundation for domestic violence-informed practice. Each day of training provides experiential classroom training focused on the following foundational practice areas:

Day 1 Assessment         Day 2 Interviewing        Day 3 Documentation               Day 4 Case Planning

CORE Training explores the importance of:

  • Identifying the impact of domestic violence on children and family functioning.
  • Fact-based assessment of the perpetrators’ behaviour patterns.
  • Partnering with adult survivors of domestic violence.
  • Intervening with perpetrators.
  • How domestic violence intersects with other issues like substance abuse and mental health.

Participants of the CORE Training will:

  • Learn to use practice tools, such as Mapping Perpetrators’ Patterns and Multiple Pathways to Harm that can be implemented right away to improve assessment of risk, impact on children, survivor protective efforts and essential case decisions.
  • Practice interviewing perpetrators, survivors and children through modelling, role play and videos.
  • Improve their domestic violence-informed documentation through individual and group exercises.
  • Discuss their own current or past cases and explore how the Safe & Together Model could be implemented.

Also included in CORE Training:

  • Action Plans will be developed by participants to support implementation of the Model to improve their day-to-day practice and to influence their communities and family service systems to become more domestic violence-informed.
  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-test to reflect learning, as well as a training evaluation.
  • Participants who attend all four days and take the post-test will receive a certificate of completion, which indicates they participated in 22 training hours.
  • Participants who complete all four days and score an 80% or higher on the CORE Training post-test will meet one of the prerequisites to become a Safe & Together Model Certified Trainer.


Target Audience
Child Protection Practitioners                            Domestic Violence Advocates
AOD, Mental Health providers                           Community Service providers
Men’s Behaviour change workers                      Health and Home Visitors
Court and Legal staff                                           Police
Anyone working with families impacted by domestic violence

Maximum Group Size: 40


One Day Safe & Together™ Model Overview Training

This one-day training provides participants with an introduction to, and overview of, the Safe & Together™ Model. The training provides participants with information about creating a domestic violence-informed child welfare system, the principles and components of the Safe & Together™ Model and information about the framework behind competency-building in child welfare around domestic violence.

Safe & Together™ One-hour Briefing

This brief one-hour overview of the Safe & Together Model provides managers and practice supervisors in the human service sector with an introduction to a perpetrator pattern framework and the principles and components of the Model.

Representatives from the Phoenix Professional Development and Prevention Services team are available to visit your organisation to discuss the Safe & Together Model and your staff’s training and clinical supervision support needs in person or over the phone.



What is CORE Training?

Video link

Download the Fact Sheet

Supporters of the Model

The Safe & Together™ Model has been endorsed by many of Australia’s leading FDV experts and organisations. The Model also underpins several research projects funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). See below:

Invisible practices: Interventions with fathers who use violence” and “STACY for Children

The Family Court of Australia recently announced that judges, registrars, family consultants and other Courts staff will receive training in the Safe & Together Model. Read the full Media Release

In-house training opportunities

If you would like Phoenix to deliver any of the Safe & Together training to your staff, please get in contact with us today at and we will be delighted to discuss your requirements.

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Supported by

Lotterywest Government of Western Australia Compu-Stor