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Living with FV places children at risk of developing lifelong health issues.
FV is not just physical; it includes emotional, psychological, sexual and financial abuse which tends to escalate over time.
Perpetrators of family violence make a choice to use their power to control and dominate family members.
FV is challenging to detect and requires active and sensitive enquiry.
Health professionals are well placed to enquire because those affected by FV are most likely to disclose to us. It is important to remember that most people do not disclose FV the first time they are asked. However, enquiry alone is considered a therapeutic intervention and with each time a person is asked (appropriately), validated and supported, the possibility of help seeking and change increases.
Consider intersectionality – in what other or multiple ways might the person be experiencing marginalisation or discrimination (e.g. LGBTQI) and how might that impact their safety or support.
Are the child/siblings/caregiver:
Is the caregiver intrusive, controlling or intimidating toward child, partner or staff member?
Victims who are experiencing any of the following are at increased risk of being killed or almost killed:
Advice re escalation of care beyond local centre.
Health professionals are susceptible to FV like any member of the community. If you are experiencing FV please utilise the resources listed below.
1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732
Safe Steps (Vic)
DHHS - Child protection (Vic)
Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
Parentline Victoria 13 22 89
The Daisy App
The White book
Family Violence: Responding to patients and families
Social work: 56111 / A52853
VFPMS: 1300 66 11 42
Mental Health: 1800 44 55 11
Any staff who would like further training in Family Violence are encouraged to contact their department for information regarding the available training sessions.
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Last updated June, 2018