Lynda was contracted as the Program Coordinator for the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA) and has trained professional staff state-wide in violence prevention. Lynda also currently works front line with women and children experiencing violence and sexual abuse, and was a research assistant in the School of Education - Humanities Curtin University. Her background has been sessional lecturing at university for Adult Learning and Assessment, Anthropology, Advanced Communication and Personal Effectiveness and Curriculum Development. She has worked in managerial roles and in the front line with people of all ages, genders and cultures who have experienced/were experiencing violence, sexual abuse, homelessness and crisis of for over 13 years during the past 38 years. Lynda has also coordinated, developed and delivered specialised workshops in domestic and family violence to foster carers, Aboriginal staff throughout the state and to new staff while working as a consultant for the Department for Child Protection and Family Services. Lynda has also developed and delivered competency based community services courses for Indigenous mature age learners, and for adult learners from a range of CALD and other backgrounds who have experienced trauma.
In 2015 and 2016, the Women’s Council Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA) developed and delivered a specialised training package targeted to refuge workers and professionals working with women and children experiencing family and domestic violence. The purpose of the Promoting Safety and Respect Train the Trainer Pilot Program was to develop a collaborative and sustainable, primary intervention violence prevention education strategy that could be implemented into local communities. The three day intensive focussed on gender-based violence education prevention and response-based practice. It was highly interactive providing all participants with specialist knowledge and a skills base they would need to be able to confidently and successfully deliver the program. Pre- and post-testing determined participant learning and was evaluated. The goals of the program were to sufficiently and adequately train and prepare professional staff with resources to be able to deliver gender-based learning into the school’s curriculum and be able to reduce and eliminate violence toward women and children in communities. The outcome was to work collaboratively with schools to educate children, young people and local school communities in how to build safer places for women and children to live.