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Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence

Now more than ever, general practice plays a vital role in caring for people experiencing family and domestic 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

DFSV Action Plan

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.

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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

May 23 2024

PHN launches Framework to help achieve the National Plan’s vision to end violence against women and children.

The Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) unveiled today its Safe and Healthy: Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence (DFSV) Framework, marking a pivotal step towards realising the National Plan’s vision of eradicating violence against women and children.

Learn more about PHN launches Framework to help achieve the National Plan’s vision to end violence against women and children.
May 07 2024

Domestic Family Violence refuge video showcases the success of an innovative program providing critical health care to women and children escaping domestic family violence

The Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) has produced a brief video showcasing the success of the PHN’s pilot program, the Domestic and Family Violence Primary Care Outreach Team.

Learn more about Domestic Family Violence refuge video showcases the success of an innovative program providing critical health care to women and children escaping domestic 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.

Shannon Richardson

Pilot Program Manager
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