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Domestic and family violence


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

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