How clients feel about ‘being screened’ for risks

Clients typically register their details before using a service – the ubiquitous ‘paperwork’. But what if registration also involves being screened for safety risks in families like domestic violence or suicide? How do clients feel about doing paperwork then? ‘Not too bothered’, according to a sample of 134 clients at community services agency Relationships Australia SA who had just completed a form screening for risk in families before seeing a …

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Reducing Domestic Violence Homicides and Enhancing Perpetrator Accountability

Reducing Domestic Violence Homicides and Enhancing Perpetrator Accountability in Child Welfare Cases An article by Heather Shorten, MSW, LGSW Often in child welfare cases where child abuse and domestic violence are occurring, the only solution given to the victim is to leave the perpetrator.  This is often not her wish and may not be financially feasible.  In addition separating from the perpetrator does not guarantee safety. Therefore we must ask …

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An organisational response to domestic violence occurring during homelessness in young people.

Domestic violence outside the domestic sphere: An organisational response to domestic violence occurring during homelessness in young people. Considerable research and literature discusses domestic violence (DV) as a cause of homelessness. Limited literature explores DV occurring during homelessness in young people. Even the term ‘domestic violence’ makes an assumption about the spatial environment in which DV occurs, which can result in people who are experiencing DV during homelessness being overlooked. …

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Student nurses’ knowledge and attitudes towards domestic violence

Student nurses’ knowledge and attitudes towards domestic violence Oral presentation at Stop Domestic Violence Conference, Brisbane, 2016 Nurses, the largest group of health professionals have an important role in identifying people who are victims of domestic violence through screening and facilitating their access to assistance and support.  Although women who experience violence use health services more frequently, exposure to this violence is not always identified by health professionals.  The majority …

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Working With Survivors and Offenders of Domestic and Family Violence

Indigenous Spirituality As A Theoretical Approach: Working With Survivors and Offenders of Domestic and Family Violence in community. Joseph Oui Royal Flying Doctors Service Queensland In one in three Australian women have experienced physical violence and one women is killed weekly in Australia. The yearly cost of domestic and family violence in Australia in 2008-09 was estimated at 13.6 billion (DVRCV). Indigenous women are 34 times more likely to be …

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Mental Health and the Law

Caroline Counsel worked for many years at VCAT in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing cases against solicitors.  They were often isolated, unsupported and mentally unwell people struggling with their legal practices and often being abused by their fellow partners.  One practitioner was in hospital suffering from a mental breakdown and the attitude of his then partners was to load up boxes of files, take them to the hospital, present him with …

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Overview of Domestic Violence Literature and Research

The review of the literature and research over time presents a developmental picture of the issues and understanding of Domestic Violence. Simple Phase Initially this was a simple process as a Moral/Legal model was used wherein breaking the law became a clear line to define that domestic abuse has occurred. Complex Phase Further research began to uncover more complex factors summarised as follows – Research design. Meta analysis and literature …

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Empowering Women, Empowering Lives – Post-Separation and Beyond

Empowering Women, Empowering Lives – Post-Separation and Beyond by Caryn Walsh Chair 2016 Stop The Violence Conference Organising Committee This article is an extract taken from her speech at the 2016 Stop The Violence Conference in Brisbane in December 2016 Significant focus and funding, both internationally and within Australia, remains on strategic measures to prevent (and reduce) the incidence, risks and impact of domestic violence on individuals, families, communities and societies …

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Collaboration and partnerships within an integrated response.

Gold Coast Police Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce – Collaboration and partnerships within an integrated response. Detective Inspector Marc Hogan, Queensland Police Service, Gold Coast District Domestic and Family Violence Task Force. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) Gold Coast Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce commenced on 15 January 2016. The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest city serviced by over 850 police officers performing generals and specialist duties. The taskforce …

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