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 to and support the needs of people experiencing domestic or family violence.This will be achieved through partnerships with key stakeholders, workforce education and referral support.

GPs and Allied Health Professionals have an important role to play in addressing domestic and family violence (DFV) in our community. They are often the first point of contact for victim survivors due to physical injuries and mental health issues resulting from the abuse.  A report into health-systems responses to violence against women noted that health care providers frequently, and often unknowingly, encounter women affected by violence.Studies indicate that women are 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 and other health care providers need to have the knowledge and skills to facilitate disclosure and provide support to ensure a patient's safety and wellbeing.

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


DFV Assist 

DFV Assist is a CESPHN service that supports health professionals to identify and appropriately respond to domestic and family violence (DFV) and facilitate referral pathways to improve outcomes for patients. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

DFV Assist offers:

  • Online and face-to-face CPD training 
  • In-practice training for health professionals and practice staff. This service can be customised to meet the needs of individual practices. 
  • Support to develop or enhance practice policies and procedures relating to DFV to ensure responses to DFV by practice staff are safe and supportive. 
  • A telephone service exclusively for Health Professionals that will provide information on appropriate referrals and confidential advice on supporting patients affected by DFV. 

For more infromation, please contact DFV Assist.

Phone: 9304 8754



Resources in response to COVID - 19 

Safer FamiliesClick here for specfic COVID-19 resources 

NSW Health has updated their Factsheet on Violence Abuse & Neglect (VAN) and COVID19

HealthEd Podcast: Going Viral - DV during lockdown 

CESPHN Webinar: Domestic and family violence during COVID-19 and beyond