Family Violence

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Identifying and Responding to Family Violence

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 partnered 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.

Resources

Click image to view Workplace Policy TemplateClick image to view Client Policy TemplateClick image to view Guidelines for People who Cause Family Violence Harm

  • Guidelines for identifying and responding to people who cause family violence harm
    • These guidelines are for mainstream services and include good practice strategies and techniques to identify and respond to those who cause family violence. These guidelines are intended to be used in conjunction with the policy templates below.
  • Client Policy Template 
    • The Client Policy Template is designed to provide consistent service responses for mainstream services.
    • Additional templates are available for organisations interested in developing internal policies – Example client policy and procedure, organisational assessment, and organisational assessment guide.
  • Workplace Policy Template
    • The purpose of the Workplace Policy template is to provide organisations with guidance on developing a workplace family violence policy.
    • Additional templates are available for organisations interested in developing internal policies – Example policy and procedure, organisational assessment, and organisational assessment guide.
    • The purpose of this package is to support facilitators with the delivery of training to managers of health and community services.

Click to view Step by Step Guide

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.

About the project

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 was referenced in the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report in relation innovative responses for mainstream services.

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.

Contact

Tanya Sofra, Systems Integration Manager

Phone 9248 9658 or tanya.sofra@healthwest.org.au