Book of Proceedings: Enhancing Responsiveness To Family Violence In Front Line Mental Health

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Authors: Melissa Petrakis, Meg Buck, Loren Urzia and Sara Cantwell, VIC

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Background: Of women who experience family violence 76% seek help, however this might go unidentified when women present to health services. A receptive and skilled response from mental health staff – though training, resourcing and skill development – is likely to positively impact consequences of family violence. Project aims: To determine and implement the best evidence-based practice tool for family violence identification and response in public mental health services. Method: The creation of a staff training/briefing package, and identification and response resource – a “prompt card”, wearable on the staff lanyard, alongside the ID card – for ready reference. Trialling this training/briefing package, and identification and response resource, with staff across the mental health service and evaluation of this process. Results: More than 100 staff briefed and surveys completed. Conclusion: The clinical service trial has proved successful. The “prompt card” is a transferable resource that could be applicable in various urban and regional contexts.

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