Improving awareness of DFV in community health settings

Women and their children experience a wide range of physical and mental health issues resulting from domestic violence. The health system deals directly with the consequences of domestic violence, and so is ideally placed to play an important role in prevention, early identification and responding to violence. WCHM received funding from the ACT Women’s Grants to develop a local resource to improve the awareness of workers in general practice and community health settings. The resources will assist health professionals to identify the signs of domestic violence, to have good quality conversations with women and children experiencing violence, and to make appropriate referrals.

Domestic violence does not necessarily present in an obvious way, and it may not be nominated by women as their reason for presenting to a GP or health service. The project will use the expertise of WCHM and the Domestic Violence Crisis Service to develop the supporting tools, and will also link closely with the ACT’s Medicare Local.

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