“Thank you very much to Shine, who provided such an opportunity to be a better, more informed youth worker to the young people and whanau I work with around the issues of domestic violence.”
- Shine training participant 

Each year, Shine staff deliver training to thousands of people who work for a range of government, not-for-profit, and corporate organisations. Training sessions range from one hour general awareness sessions to one or two day intensive trainings. Most of our longer training sessions teach professionals the theory and practical skills they need to recognise signs of domestic abuse, how to respond safely and appropriately, and refer to specialist organisations like Shine. 

We also provide training for staff from a range of business, government, and not-for profit organisations through DVFREE, Shine's workplace programme that assists employers to create workplaces that are safe and supportive for staff experiencing domestic violence.

Our trainers are all highly experienced at training and public speaking and have specialist knowledge of domestic abuse. 

Shine provides tailored training for a number of agencies and organisations, with a focus in the health sector and has a number of ongoing commitments with our key training partners (scroll down for information about some of our key training partners). 

Shine can also provide one-off tailored training for organisations wishing to upskill their staff in responding to domestic abuse. 

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 Shine regularly offers these training courses at our Auckland office:

  • 1 Day Introductory Training - Responding Effectively to Victims of Domestic Violence - for anyone interested in finding out more about domestic abuse
  • 2-Day Advanced Training - Domestic Violence: Safety First Prerequisite: 1 Day Introductory Training. Aimed at professionals working in social services or criminal justice.

Find out more about these courses, costs and how to register



District Health Boards

For many years Shine has supported the District Health Boards (DHBs) throughout New Zealand to deliver family violence training to their staff as part of the Ministry of Health 'Violence Intervention Programme (VIP).’ The purpose of this training is to prepare DHB staff to routinely screen their adult female patients for domestic violence, and respond safely and effecitvely to disclosures. Shine developed the Ministry’s VIP training package and Trainer's Manual. Shine staff accredit DHB Family Violence Teams to deliver this training package and provide ongoing support and feedback to ensure national consistency. Shine has had a close working partnership with Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) since 1996, and for over a decade has had a staff person as part of the ADHB Family Violence Intervention team, working to implement routine domestic abuse screening for all adult female patients. “Shine has played a key role in assisting ADHB to improve our response to victims of domestic violence, both by being part of our team that prepares and supports staff to screen for family violence, and by providing critical support for many of our patients who disclose family violence. We are fortunate to work with such great partners.” - General Manager Clinical Services, ADHB 

Auckland Primary Health Sector

With support from ADHB, Shine also works with Auckland primary healthcare services (GP practices, well child providers, etc.) to establish routine family violence screening within primary healthcare services and provides policy advice and training for participating services. 

New Zealand College of Midwives

As midwives often visit women in their home and often develop close relationships with them, they are in an excellent position to assist those experiencing abuse. Shine supports one-day training sessions for the NZ College of Midwives which goes towards midwives’ Annual Practising Certificate.

“After doing this course, I will now risk-assess victims, but also sow seeds to assist them to get stronger.” Shine Training participant