Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Project

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 care services more than non-abused women and health care providers are well placed to assist with the health and psychosocial needs of women who access their services (WHO 2013). The health 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:

  1. Building the capacity of mainstream health organisations to effectively identify and respond to family violence
  2. Supporting organisations to develop a whole of organisation approach to family violence
  3. Strengthening and consolidating the pathways between mainstream health organisations and the integrated family violence sector across the North West Metropolitan Region (NWMR)

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.

Feel free to contact Ilana Jaffe or 03 9389 2228  if you are interested in discussing the project in more detail.

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