In Victoria, intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged 15 to 44.
Now more than ever, general practice needs to play a vital role in identifying and responding to family violence. International researchers have estimated that a full-time GP sees up to five women per week experiencing underlying intimate partner violence. Most of the time, these GPs are unaware that the patient is experiencing these problems.
We understand starting the conversation can be challenging, but with the right tools and support we’re looking forward to joining the Family Violence Quality Improvement Project in conjunction with Professor Kelsey Hegarty’s team, from the University of Melbourne’s Safer Families Centre and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN).
Asking is the first step!