116582 - Family abuse and violence (Activity 3): responding to diversity
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Family abuse and violence is a hidden reality for many men, women and children across Australia.
This activity aims to provide GPs with best practice approaches into the identification and management of victims and perpetrators of family violence in diverse contexts:
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
• People in same-sex relationships
• People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities
• People in rural and remote areas.
In particular, this activity aims to identify what barriers they face to accessing family violence support services, and identify support services to help individuals in these groups.
It should be noted that while people in rural and remote areas are listed as a discrete group within this activity, it actually includes all the groups listed above, and may, in fact, put these individuals at higher risk.
It is estimated that that up to five women who have experienced abuse per week attend most full-time GPs and yet they are not typically identified by those GPs.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 35 times more likely to be hospitalised than non-Indigenous women due to family violence-related assaults.
General practice is a crucial setting for early intervention in family abuse and violence, particularly because GPs are often the only health professionals seeing perpetrators, survivors and children experiencing abuse. This is a sentiment echoed by the Coroners Court who recommend GPs undergo further training in identifying, responding to and following up of persons experiencing abuse and violence.