144261 - Identifying and Responding to Domestic and Family Violence
This module provides health practitioners with the knowledge and skills to respectfully engage and effectively identify and respond to patients experiencing domestic and family violence. This module will take you approximately 60 minutes to complete. You are introduced to the nature and impact on health of this chronic social condition and your role in the service system. We then discuss when and how to sensitively RECOGNISE families presenting with symptoms and risk factors. The following sections suggest how to assess RISK and RESPOND safely to domestic and family violence using examples from practice, including brief safety planning strategies. We then discuss how to REFER and RECORD, including information you can share. Finally, you are offered an opportunity to REVIEW how to change your health setting environment to carry out this sensitive work and REFLECT on your practice. This tutorial is offered fully online.
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A national survey (2) showed that one in six women and one in seventeen men have experienced sexual or physical assault from a current or former partner. Around two thirds of the households where domestic violence is occurring have children living in them (2). Women are more likely than men to experience domestic and family violence and to be injured as a result (3). Domestic violence is the highest contributor to morbidity and mortality for Australian women of child-bearing age (4). In Australia, one woman dies every week at the hands of their current or former partner (5). A full-time general practitioner (GP) is estimated to have around five women experiencing domestic and family violence presenting each week for a variety of issues and symptoms (7). Yet some health practitioners do not ask about abuse, it is important for GPs to understand the complexities of domestic and family violence in different populations and identify your own role with individual patients.Learning outcomes