Safe & Together™ Model CORE Training Results

Australia & Scotland

In 2018, CORE Trainings were hosted in Scotland and Australia for practitioners and partners about the Safe & Together™ Model. Attendees were asked to complete a pre-test prior to the training and a post-test after the training using Survey Monkey©. A total of 454 practitioners completed a pre-test prior to attending the training, and the post-test was completed by 515 practitioners. Results from the evaluation and test scores are highlighted below. Analysis was completed in September and reflect results from 22 previous training evaluations from February to September of 2018.

Satisfaction with the Training

Percentage of those that ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’


Objectives of the training were clearly defined

Content was organized and easy to follow

The training objectives were met

My engagement level with the training was high



Handouts and materials were relevant to my work

Meeting rooms and facilities were adequate and comfortable

Specific Practice Skills Learned

Percentage of those that ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ they learned practice skills related to these topics


Learned practice skills related to
adult domestic violence perpetrators


Learned practice skills related to
adult domestic violence survivors


Learned practice skills related to
child domestic violence survivors


Learned practice skills related to


Learned practice skills related to
case planning


Learned practice skills related to

Confidence with Skills Learned

Percentage of those that ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ they feel confident in their ability to do the following


Describe aspects of the S&TI Model and domestic violence-informed policy and practice


Lead interventions for families where there are domestic abuse issues


Describe domestic violence perpetration as a parenting choice


Describe the intersection of domestic abuse and other issues, such as substance abuse


Describe the impact of perpetrator’s behaviours on child and family functioning


Lead practice and data collection to influence service development

Test Scores

Participants were asked on pre- and post-tests about their knowledge and skills gained from the Safe & Together™ Model CORE Training. An overview of strengths and areas of improvement among participants at post-test is highlighted below.

Average Test Scores

All Scotland and Australia Sites, 2018
Pre Test Scores 60%
Post Test Scores 87%

Highest Scores in Knowledge & Understanding

At post-test, 97% of participants could identify examples of how child welfare can intervene with domestic violence perpetrators.
96% of participants knew the connection between case planning with perpetrators and the importance of staying focused on the needs of the children.
At post-test, 97% of participants could identify examples of how child welfare can intervene with domestic violence perpetrators.

Areas to Improve Understanding

Participants struggled to identify ALL examples of goals to include on a case plan with a domestic violence perpetrator. While many participants identified some correct answers on this multiple-choice question, which indicates a partial understanding of the topic, most missed the multiple-answer question.
At post-test, two out of five participants could not correctly state the definition of ‘cause, exacerbate, interfere with’ as it relates to the training. Although some answered partially correct in this multiple-answer question, which indicates a partial understanding of the topic, many missed the multiple-choice question.

Strengths of the Training

Group discussions opened up healthy debates and gave opportunities for individual’s values to be challenged in a safe environment.”

“[The strength of the training was] the abundance of practical resources provided. Plenty of discussion and opportunity for questions. There were lots of examples and case studies to learn from.”

“The training was extremely well delivered and structured. Numerous case examples were shared to aid the learning process and there was a good amount of group discussion time, allowing us to try out the Model.”

“It really re-frames the perspective of dealing with families where DV is present. The training captures this well by clearly showing the difference between DV-informed and DV-destructive practice.”

“[A strength of the training was] learning direct techniques that can be implemented to interview, document, and make perpetrators more accountable for their behaviour.”

“[The training] has made me re-think my practice not only in relation to DV but wider with applied principles. It’s reignited my passion!”

Integrating the Training into Practice

I hope to integrate this into my everyday practice, improving practice and supporting others to think about this model when working with families affected by domestic violence.”

“I hope to use the model within my own report writing and will use it in terms of planning for safety with families. I will also ensure I change the language I use and be consistent with this.”

“Since undertaking this training I have revisited current cases with ‘fresh eyes’ and hopefully this will result in more positive outcomes for the surviving families. I hope to continue to gain confidence in using the knowledge and skills gained and ultimately become a more proficient practitioner.”

“I will attempt to engage the perpetrator and focus on the strengths of the survivor and shift the burden of responsibility from the survivor to the perpetrator, when appropriate. I will also endeavor to shift gender double-standards by considering fathers as responsible for parenting and caring for their children beyond simply providing for them.”

“This will definitely change the way that I approach cases with domestic violence present as well as support my staff to do the same.”

This report was created by Michigan State University’s Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence. For more information about their work, visit For information about Safe & Together Institute visit
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