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Health Professionals

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Assessing risk and safety

All health professionals can play an important part in breaking the cycle of abuse. However, it is important to acknowledge that identifying domestic and family violence is a complex task. There can be many factors that impact on initial assessment – how well victims and perpetrators are able to mask, minimise and deny what’s been...

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Avoiding collusion

Talking with men about their use of violence can be challenging – professionally and personally. It is important to remember that there is a risk of escalation in violence when disclosures occur. Collusion occurs when others ‘join with’ the denial. Minimisation and justifications are ways men might try to avoid responsibility for their behaviour. It...

Male perpetrators vs male victims
Male perpetrators vs male victims

In seeking to minimise and justify their violence, some men will claim to be a victim of violence from their female partner, yet actually be perpetrators of violence. We also recognise that men may be genuine victims of violence from a female partner. Distinguishing between these very different presentations is critical to ensure workers avoid...

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The role of specialist supports

The primary role of specialist family violence services is to confront and address violence. To ensure this work is effective, specialist supports are usually embedded in the community response to family violence. Inter-agency protocols are established to appropriately manage safety and risk – for men who use violence, and those experiencing their violence. Because many...

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Looking after yourself

It is important to recognise the impact just hearing about family violence can have on you as a health professional. Below are some tips on how to look after yourself whilst dealing with difficult situations.   Safety Always keep your own safety in mind – never meet with clients/patients alone if you are unsure of...


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