Screening and assessment for family violence

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Family violence is a significant health problem in Australia. A number of professional bodies, including the RACGP and The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation have outlined the specific role of healthcare practitioners in identifying victims of abuse and facilitating access to support networks, while maintaining privacy and confidentiality.

Each state and territory has mandatory reporting laws for suspected child abuse.

In all cases of violence, healthcare practitioners have a duty to help empower victims, with the goal of preventing further harm, enhancing patient safety, and offering protection.

Frontline healthcare practitioners like nurses and midwife are in a unique position to identify victims of violence who may benefit from assistance. Therefore, screening for family violence must be a routine part of all patient care.

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Define the special populations at risk of interpersonal abuse and family violence.
  • Identify the steps in screening for abuse and family violence.
  • Describe the nine steps to intervention in situations of violence (the 9Rs).
  • Understand why safety and risk assessments are valuable tools to help appropriately support survivors of abuse.
  • Understand the importance of documentation, as well as adhering to legal and professional obligations, while maintaining patient confidentiality in cases of abuse or violence.

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