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Domestic and family violence


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DFV Assist is an initiative of CESPHN, in partnership with Legal Aid’s Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program. The program assists health professionals and practice staff to support patients impacted by Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) through free training, specialist consultation and referral support. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.


Training 

We offer training during and after work hours, at your practice or online. We recommend all practice staff, including administrative staff, attend the training. Training can be counted towards CPD hours. Training is a minimum of one hour, with optional additional hours to embed learning.

Topics include:

  • Creating a safe environment for disclosure
  • Recognising the signs of DFV
  • Asking the right questions
  • Responding to disclosures
  • Risk assessments
  • Referral pathways
  • Documenting DFV.

Express your Interest in training for your practice by completing an online form here, emailing dfvassist@cesphn.com.au or calling 1800 719 801. Our DFV Assist Educator will contact you to discuss training option for your practice.

We also run webinars and other CPD events. Check out our CPD calendar regularly to see what training is scheduled. Check out our previous DFV training webinars here

Consultation and Referral Support

Knowing how best to support patients experiencing DFV can be challenging, but you don’t need to bear this burden alone. The DFV Navigator provides specialist support to health professionals and practice staff with patients experiencing DFV.

The DFV Navigator can assist through:

  • Referrals
  • Safety planning
  • Risk assessments
  • Secondary consultations
  • DFV resource provision
  • Practice visits

To contact the DFV Navigator, please click here, email wdvcap@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 719 801.