Resources for health professonals

Health professionals are well placed to identify a risk of domestic violence, and to intervene early. Being prepared to ask questions and responding effectively to domestic violence requires knowledge of the physical and emotional consequences of the violence, an understnading of appropriate and inappropriate responses, and having good networks with local family violence services.

Potential indicators for domestic violence may include:

  • Explanation inconsistent with injury or minimises injuries and/or pain
  • Bruising and other injuries
  • Wearing concealing clothing
  • Unwanted pregnancy or STI through non-consensual sex
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Nutritional and sleep deprivation/disorders
  • Feeling anxious/depressed
  • Low self-esteem
  • Socially isolated
  • Suicidal thoughts/attempts
  • Seldom/never makes decisions without referring to partner
  • Frequent absenses from work
  • Substantial delay before seeking treatment
  • Repeat after hours presentations at ED
  • Reference to partner's anger or temper
  • Submissive/withdrawn


HealthPathways Sydney - Clinical portal specifically for health professionals which includes comprehensive DFV pathways. To obtain a username and password email the HealthPathways Sydney Team or ph. 1300 986 991 (Monday to Friday)

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.

RACGP : Can you identify the warning signs of family violence - Professional Development Program including skills to identify and respond to family violence, effective collaboration with broader D&FV sector, self-care in context of D&FV.

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

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 pattients who have exoerienced or experiening family violence.

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.

1800 066 757

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.

1300 480 420

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

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

NSW Police: Domestic and Family Violence

NSW Health resources

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

Domestic Violence Stafety Assessment Tool Guide (DVSAT) - short guide to the Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) for service providers working with victims of domestic violence

Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) - tool designed to assist service providers to identify the level of threat to domestic violence victims

GP Information Sheet - Safer Pathway - overview of GP role in referring to Safer Pathway

Safer Pathways Referral Form - GP Referral Form to Safer Pathway

NSW Government: Domestic Violence - Outlines current policy directions/programs and available resources regarding domestic and family violence