The PHN has developed a Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence (DFSV) Primary Care Action Plan, designed to enable clinicians to identify patients at immediate risk, plan, manage, record and refer via an exclusive primary care pathway for patient triage and support.
Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence
Safe and Healthy
A Domestic and Family Violence Primary Care Initiative
Domestic and family violence is the top risk factor contributing to the disease burden in Australia for women aged 18 – 44 years. Higher than alcohol, tobacco and obesity.
While men do experience family violence, it is women and children who are most affected.
The PHN is trialing a funded opportunity for Primary Care to enhance their skills to spot the signs, start the conversation, and LINK for support.
Current PHN Domestic & Family Violence initiatives
Is your practice prepared if a patient discloses DFV or abuse? A conversation could save a life. Delivered by a GP and DFV specialist, the training will increase the confidence and capacity of your team to identify and support victims of domestic family violence and abuse.
If a patient has been identified as experiencing DFV, LINK for support through a simple one-stop referral pathway, designed to support you, in supporting your patients.
Start the Conversation. It Could Save a Life.
Start the conversation using these four steps.
1. Ask the question.
- How are things at home?
- What happens when your partner gets angry?
- Sometimes partners use physical force. Is this happening to you?
2. Listen without judgement
- I hear you.
- I believe you.
- I care for you and I am here for you.
3. Validate their feelings
- I'm so sorry this has happened to you.
- Everybody deserves to be safe and healthy.
4. Encourage action
- Can I ask you more questions to help keep you safe?
- Can we develop a safety plan to help keep you safe and healthy?
- I would like to link you to a specialist support service. Is this, ok?
Latest DFV news
October 27 2023
Supporting Recovery: A Pilot Program to Provide Trauma-Informed Recovery Care for Victim-Survivors of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence.
The Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network invites service providers in the Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence (DFSV) (including child sexual abuse) and Mental Health sectors to attend an online information session.
September 01 2023
As part of the Commonwealth funded Family, Domestic and Sexual violence pilot initiative, the PHN will procure additional services to deliver an integrated model of support for victim-survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse (SV and CSA). These services will closely link to existing family and domestic violence services commissioned by the PHN and increase the capacity and capability of primary care to better care for victim-survivors. The scope of these services will be co-design ahead of the Request for Proposal (RFP) being released in November 2023.
Primary Care Pathways to Safety: Co Design
The PHN has invested in a robust co-design process to better understand the issues around Primary Care and Domestic and Family Violence.
Pilot Program Manager
To register your Practice’s interest in participating in Domestic Family Violence Training for Primary Care, or to find out more about PHN Domestic Family Violence initiatives please contact Shannon Richardson, Pilot Program Manager.