Family Violence


Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Project

Statistics show that women who experience violence access health care services more than non-abused women and health care providers are well placed to assist with the health and psychosocial needs of women who access their services (WHO 2013). HealthWest works in partnership with the Primary Care Partnerships across the North West Metropolitan Region (NWMR) to support our members to provide a more streamlined and coordinated service system response to family violence. The project was referenced in the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report in relation innovative responses for mainstream services. The project aims to:

  • Build the capacity of mainstream health organisations to effectively identify and respond to family violence.
  • Support organisations to develop a whole of organisation approach to family violence.
  • Strengthen and consolidate the pathways between mainstream health organisations and the integrated family violence sector across the NWMR.

The project commenced in 2015 and has been funded for a fourth year. In 2017 training was delivered to many managers and Human Resource staff across the catchment, while in 2018 the focus has been on promoting project resources and embedding changes to policies and practice within organisations.


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The Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Project Evaluation Report was recently released.

The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the implementation of project activities in phases two and three of the project, and examine the impact of the project on the systems, practices and processes of participating member agencies.

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Need some help getting started?

The Step by Step Guide provides an overview of how to implement an early intervention response to family violence in your agency. Have a look, and think about where you need to take action.


Mindy Allott, Systems Integration Manager

Phone 9248 9658 or