Family violence is the leading contributor to preventable death, illness and disability for Victorian women aged 15-44 years and has serious implications on the health, education, employment and economic security of women, children, families and communities (VicHealth 2011).
Statistics show that women who experience violence access health and mainstream services more than non-abused women and these professionals are well placed to assist with the health and psychosocial needs of women who access their services (WHO 2013). The health and mainstream service system is a key point of contact for both identifying family violence, and for intervening to support women and children to reduce their risk of violence as recognised by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence:
All services that come into contact with family violence victims should be equipped to identify, and in some cases, assess and manage risk, and to ensure that victims are supported. Mainstream services such as health services, must be able to identify risk and refer victims to services that can provide more comprehensive support, such as specialist family violence services. (p 9).
The Identifying and Responding to Family Violence project aims to provide a more streamlined and coordinated service system response to family violence by:
Project deliverables that have been developed to date have occurred in consultation with the Steering Committee, Implementation Network as well as key experts in the sector.
The intention of the project is that the deliverables and findings can be used to inform other PCP catchments and interested stakeholders.
The Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Project Evaluation Report was released in April 2018.
The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the implementation of project activities in phases two and three of the project, and examine the impact of the project on the systems, practices and processes of participating member agencies.
Feel free to contact Gail O’Donnell on 9389 2261 or GailO@inwpcp.org.au if you are interested in discussing the project in more detail.
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