Domestic and family violence

Anyone in immediate danger should call the police on Triple Zero (000)

Objective: To build capacity and improve confidence of primary health care professionals to identify, respond and support the needs of people experiencing domestic or family violence.This will be achieved through partnerships with key stakeholders and workforce education.

GPs and other primary health care providers play a key role in identifying, intervening and treating patients who are at risk of or affected by domestic violence. Studies indicate that women were two times more likely to disclose domestic violence if asked by their GP. In order to respond effectively and appropriately to patients experiencing domestic violence, GPs need to have the knowledge and skills to facilitate disclosure and provide support to minimise long term physical and mental health consequences.

Within CESPHN region there were almost 5,000 recorded domestic violence related assault incidents (2017-2018). The highest recorded LGA regions were Sydney, Bayside and Strathfield.

For relevant clinical information, please view Sydney Healthpathways and South East Sydney Healthpathways 

Resources in response to COVID - 19 

 

Resources for health professionals ( Including guidelines, template links) 

It's time to talk - D&FV Tool kit for GPs - Resource to assist GPs with identifying and responding to women and children who have experienced or are experiencing family violence. The toolkit contains guidelines for patient care, as well as some legal information relevant to your role as a GP.

Information Posters -Are you living with domestic violence ? Tell your doctor
Information posters are available for your practice waiting rooms. Either download or contact CESPHN for hard copies

RACGP - White Book Abuse and violence- Working with our paients in general practice 

RACGP : e-learning module : Intimate Partner Violence ( Cat 1) 

Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) - tool designed to assist service providers to identify the level of threat to domestic violence victims.  Domestic Violence Stafety Assessment : Guide for assesment tool use 

pdf GP Information Sheet - Safer Pathway (231 KB)  - overview of GP role in referring to Safer Pathway. Click here for Safer Pathway Referral Form

Safer Families - research and collaboration to transform health sectors response to D&FV. Includes a Resource Hub with training resources, Safer Families Toolkits. 

Australian Medical Association (AMA)  Supporting Patients Experiencing Family Violence  Resource developed by AMA /Law Council of Australia for medical practitioners describing how to identify and respond to patients who have experienced or experiening family violence.

Disability Toolkit (1800RESPECT) - Resources for front-line workers to support people with a disability who have been impacted by domestic violence

Child Wellbeing Unit (CWU) - Helps identify the level of suspected risk or a child or young person, and determines if a report should be submitted to the Family and Community Services (FACS) Child Protection Helpline. ph. 1300 480 420

NSW Fair Trading - Tenacy Laws - Medical Practitioner Declaration - Medical Practitioners can assist patients to escape a domestic violence situation in a rented home by making a domestic violence declaration. This allows patient/tenant to end their tenancy immediately without penalty. Click here for Medical Practitioner Declaration Form 

Information for health professionals to give to consumers

Family referral service - Providing assistance with support services and community resources for young people and families regarding domestic violence experiences, housing or accommodation access, financial assistance, mental health concerns and finding culturally appropriate support. ph.1800 066 757

Financial Abuse Legal Service - Free confidential legal information and advice to people who have money problems due to domestic abuse in an intimate partner relationship

Family Violence Law Help -  National website for people wanting to understand domestic and family violence , the law and where to get help. Includes information about D&FV, family law, child protection law, ADVOs , where to get help

Disability Toolkit (1800RESPECT)- Information including videos, written resources on how to contact and what services are available 

Key contacts and support services (including peak bodies)

Women NSW - It Stops Here: Standing together to end Domestic and Family Violence
 - NSW Government's Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform

Family referral service - Providing assistance with support services and community resources for young people and families regarding domestic violence experiences, housing or accommodation access, financial assistance, mental health concerns and finding culturally appropriate support. ph.1800 066 757

Financial Abuse Legal Service - Free confidential legal information and advice to people who have money problems due to domestic abuse in an intimate partner relationship

Family Violence Law Help -  National website for people wanting to understand domestic and family violence , the law and where to get help. Includes information about D&FV, family law, child protection law, ADVOs , where to get help