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Recognising and Responding to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A two day training opportunity for professionals

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV) has become an internationally recognised term for sexual violence occurring in a broad range of intimate relationships including married, unmarried, dating, hetero and same sex relationships (Winters, 2008).

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence is perhaps the least reported, but most dangerous type of abuse within intimate relationships. Intimate partner sexual abuse co-occurring with physical violence is a leading indicator of femicide. A physically-abused woman also experiencing forced sex is over seven times more likely than other abused women to be killed (National Judicial Education Program, 2002).

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence exists in the ‘overlap’ of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence. Unfortunately, to date, this overlap has not resulted in dual service provision; instead it has often produced a gap where both the domestic violence and sexual violence sectors have believed that the other will address the issue.

Various gaps in IPSV service delivery have been identified by International and Australian researchers in speaking to both survivors and service providers. Research has found that a lack of awareness and understanding of IPSV reduces the capacity to effectively respond to victim/survivors. (Bergen, 2003; Heenan, 2004; Parkinson & Cowan 2008; Parkinson & Reid, 2014).

To acknowledge the seriousness of this issue and to address the identified gap in service delivery for victims of crime, Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence (GCCASV) received a grant from Victim Assist Queensland under the Victims Services Building Capacity Funding Program to develop and deliver training on IPSV.

The result is an innovative specialised two day training program Recognising and Responding to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence.  This program includes sessions on Myths and Realities; Legal Options; How to ask about IPSV; Impacts of IPSV; Facilitating and Responding to Disclosures; Cultural Considerations; Impact of Pornography; Identifying and Managing Risks; Safety Planning; and Worker Self Care.

In June 2016, three facilitators – Di Macleod, Louise McOrmond-Plummer and Betty Taylor (please download facilitator bios here) delivered the program to 48 community workers in North and South-East Queensland.  The goal of the training was to increase workers’ knowledge, skills, confidence and capacity to provide trauma informed safe interventions to victim/survivors of IPSV.

Through pre-test/post-test questionnaires 100% of participants reported increased knowledge, confidence and capacity to respond to IPSV.
The feedback from both sessions was very positive and included comments that can be seen on the right.


The Recognising and Responding to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence workshop can be adapted to meet the time/content needs of specific workers or organisations. If you would like to discuss the possibility of training in your area please contact Di Macleod director@stopsexualviolence.com


  1. Bergen, R.K. (2003). The reality of wife rape: women’s experiences of sexual violence in marriage. Human rights dialogue (1540-0123), 4 (10), 237.
  2. Heenan, M. (2004). Just" keeping the Peace": A Reluctance to Respond to Male Partner Sexual Violence. Australian Institute of Family Studies.
  3. National Judicial Education Program, & United States of America. (2002). Understanding Sexual Violence.
  4. Parkinson D. & Cowan S. (2008) Raped by a Partner: A Research Report, Wangaratta Women’s Health Goulbourn North East. Parkinson D. & Reid S. (2014)
  5. ‘“Invisible” intimate partner sexual violence: prevention and intervention challenges’, in McOrmond-Plummer, L., Easteal, P. & Levy-Peck, J.Y. (eds), Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 136-46.
  6. Winters, M. (2008). Making the connections: Advocating for survivors of intimate partner sexual violence. Connections10 (1), 10-14 Washington: Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault programs.

Please also see the above, by Di Macleod, in the June 2016 edition of the CDFVReader, page 6, and look also to page 5 for an article on domestic murder by co-facilitator Betty Taylor.

  • For workers who have particpated in the Recognising and Responding to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Training:
    • Access training-specific IPSV materials by clicking here.
    • Enter the username and password you will have been provided with via email.
    • If you have lost your login details, please contact facilitators@ipsv101.com (only past training participants may request login details).
  • Other IPSV Resources for Professionals:
    • Please visit the Aphrodite Wounded website for an array of useful information. In particular, please see this page for many articles, studies, books and more.
About the Ribbon Logo
Teal is the internationally-recognised colour of sexual assault awareness, and purple, the internationally-recognised colour of domestic violence awareness. IPSV represents the overlap between both issues; it is not "either-or" but "both-and." Hence, the ribbon in the site header, designed by the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence (GCCASV) features the awareness colours for both issues.
The ribbon has also been made into a beautiful pin, and if you would like one or several, they will soon be available for $5 each from GCCASV. Please contact Di Macleod at director@stopsexualviolence.com

Training Feedback

"Came with very little knowledge went away heaps more informed"

"Presenters rich in knowledge...everything was seriously great"

"Well organised, experienced workers, covered all topics well as per the agenda"

"Great foundation knowledge with explicit practical strategies of what to do/what not to do"

"Easy to follow, engaging, excellent resources, great strategies to apply"

"Everything was well done including the content, delivery, interactive discussions and exercises, resources and knowledgeable presenters"

“One of the best training sessions I have ever attended”

“I wish I had been able to access training like this at the beginning of my career”

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