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187255 - Family abuse and violence: the role of general practice

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine

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. One in six Australian women are estimated to have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner since the age of 15, while one in five of all men and women in Australia have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.

This activity is the first in a series of four online activities (and other RACGP initiatives) which focus on addressing this public health issue at a general practice level, by improving knowledge, skills and confidence in detecting and responding to incidences of family violence and abuse.

Relevance to General Practice

It is estimated that that up to five women who have experienced abuse attend most full time GPs each week, and yet they are typically not identified by those GPs.

General practice is a crucial setting for early intervention in family abuse and violence, particularly because general practitioners (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.

GPs have a role in prevention, early identification, responding to disclosures and careful reporting of incidences, and follow-up and support of patients and their children experiencing the health effects of FAV.

Learning outcomes
  • Define the term ‘family abuse and violence’
  • Outline the role of general practitioners (GPs) in the context of family abuse and violence.
  • Discuss the prevalence of family abuse and violence.
  • 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

    • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

    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

    187255 - Family abuse and violence: the role of general practice
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 HOUR
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    CPD Points
    2 CPD
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