Introduction to Family and Domestic Violence Workshop

Course ID CQ190203_FAM1

  • Face to Face
  • 14
  • Foundation

There is an increasing number of domestic violence cases reported each year. Such high rates often mean that practitioners are unable to provide support and advocacy due to a shortage of training in dealing with family and domestic violence cases.

This two-day workshop is designed to teach you practice-based foundational skills to apply immediately to practice when working with clients impacted by violence.

This workshop will provide you with the skills and knowledge to practice and advise in domestic and family violence proceedings at state jurisdictions.

You will also:

  • Understand the emotional impact of domestic violence, and learn best practices to support your client from a legal standpoint
  • Understand how to work with other domestic violence organisations and agencies to ensure client safety
  • Examine relevant case notes as applied to case law
  • Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge through focused discussion with the presenter


This workshop will be held over two days on Friday the 22nd of February and Saturday the 23rd of February.


Join your workshop facilitator

Kath Manby, VM Family Law Principal, VM Family Law


Scroll below for the full program outline

*For registrations of 3 or more from the same organisation you are eligible to receive a 10% discount off the full- price of the workshop when purchased in one transaction. Please contact Client Services on 02 9965 7111 or email to register (not to be used in conjunction with any other discount including alumni / member price).


Full Price $790.00

Alumni/Member Price $711.00


Start date:

22 February 2019

End date:

23 February 2019


8.30am - 5pm


The College of Law Queensland
Level 5, Wesley House
140 Ann St
Brisbane QLD 4000

About This Course


Day 1 Session:

  • How to identify and differentiate between forms of domestic violence
  • Evaluate what behaviours are considered violence in legislation
  • Discuss family violence practice and procedure in the QLD Magistrates Court
  • Apply relevant legislation when dealing with aggrieved persons


Day 2 Session:

  • Identify different types of protection orders and when to use them
  • Examine best practices when applying for a Protection Order
  • Create a Domestic Violence strategy using the QLS Family and Domestic Violence Best Practices Guidelines
  • How to map relevant court process for your client
  • Make appropriate costs applications


The workshop includes a series of practical activities that are designed to improve your skills and knowledge and give you increased confidence to apply these in practice.



Designed for

This interactive workshop is ideal for new lawyers within 1-3 years of practice, family lawyers, criminal lawyers, social workers, community legal centres, law enforcement, and any other practitioner interested in working with clients impacted by family violence.

This course complies with the mandatory CPD requirement of Substantive law.



Presenter biography

Katherine Manby, Principal Family Lawyer, VM Family Law

Katherine began her career as a lawyer in England in 2004. Since moving to Queensland in 2007 she has had experience in both private law and legal aid in the area of violence prevention and women’s advocacy. It was her work as a Senior Lawyer in the Violence Prevention and Women’s Advocacy Team at Legal Aid Queensland, which inspired her to open her own practice, VM Family Law. Katherine recognised a need for the legal process to be easier on the client and more accessible. Since opening her firm in July 2016, her work within the community has seen her nominated for the City of Ipswich Business Awards 2017 in three categories; New Business of the Year, Customer Service, and Business Person of the Year.

Kath has worked with clients on a broad range of matters, including parenting arrangements, domestic violence, child support, binding financial agreements, representation in court, property settlement, divorce and child support.

Working closely with domestic violence support services and legal partners, Katherine is able to undertake an extensive amount of Legal Aid and pro bono work. VM Family Law is now helping clients from all over Queensland and is planning to open a second office in Toowoomba in the near future. Katherine also hopes to able to further build her client base to support a legal clinic offering free advice, similar to a local community legal centre.