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187260 - Family abuse and violence: trauma-informed risk assessment and management of individuals, including men who use violence in their relationship

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Family abuse and violence (FAV) is a hidden reality for many men, women and children across Australia. In recent years, high-profile media coverage of FAV-related deaths has brought the seriousness of family abuse and violence in our community to the public consciousness. Understanding FAV as an underlying trauma in people’s lives, creating acute and chronic health impacts, enables an approach which is much more effective than treating the consequences of family violence in isolation.

This activity aims to apply best practice approaches to the identification and management of survivors and perpetrators of family violence. This activity has been developed with funding from the Australian Government, Department of Health as part of their Health Workforce Fund program to support the work being undertaken as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Relevance to General Practice

It has been estimated that a full-time GP would see up to 5 women per week who have been subjected to family violence in the past 12 months. General practice is a crucial setting for early intervention in family abuse and violence, particularly because general practitioners (GPs) can often be the only health professionals to see 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.

Learning outcomes
  • Outline the steps involved in effective risk assessment and management of those affected by family abuse and violence, including perpetrators.
  • Discuss trauma-informed response to and management of varied types of family abuse and violence presentations.
  • List appropriate referral pathways, resources and support systems for cases where family abuse and violence is identified.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Duty of care is maintained

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Medico-legal requirements are integrated into accurate documentation

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Children and young people health
    • Abuse and violence
    • Psychological health
    Activity sponsor

    Australian Government, Department of Health

    187260 - Family abuse and violence: trauma-informed risk assessment and management of individuals, including men who use violence in their relationship
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 HOUR
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    CPD Points
    2 CPD
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