Respectful Relationships and Family Violence

In a health service as large as ours, the impact of family violence is significant for patients and employees.

We have pulled together a range of resources to help employees impacted by family violence along with information to ensure employees can identify, respond and provide the right advice to help keep people safe.

Family violence and COVID-19

In 2020, Victoria’s rate of family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic was the highest in recorded history. As we continue to stay home more, there are a group of people for whom staying at home increases their risk of family violence.

Our employees are also likely to experience the same range of issues at a time when it is vitally important we all stay healthy.

The Family Violence team at Monash will continue to adapt and be responsive to training needs and are available for over-the-phone or online support for employee or patient- related secondary consults.

Contact Principal Strategic Advisor, Family Violence, Glenda Bawden on 0484 674 894.

Contact the team:

Safe Steps: Information for employers

The Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre has some useful resources for employers

Safe Steps: Early warning signs of family violence

The Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre has some useful information on early warning signs of family violence.

Family violence training online

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence team has adapted training to be available online via Webex.

The Family Violence Clinical Education training includes information for clinicians about family violence in context of emergencies such as COVID-19 and how we can use technology to communicate with clients experiencing family violence during public health crisis.

Read more about the dates and how to book in.

Managers’ Training is also available via WebEx. This training assists managers to increase their understanding of the issues and what support is available. It will help managers better recognise, respond and refer employees who may be experiencing family violence. Book in via Latte.

Family violence support

Monash Health’s goal is to provide supportive and non-judgemental responses to employees impacted by family violence. Our support includes family violence leave, flexible work options, confidentiality, People and Culture Business Partners in the roles of contact officers, the employee assistance plan and more. Your Business Partner can be accessed by contacting the People and Culture advice line on 9265 2724.

Your manager is also available to support you and discuss options.

For details of the support available to staff, see the Manager’s guide to supporting our employees, which can be downloaded and is also available on prompt.

There are also three supporting fact sheets below.

Family violence policy

This policy has been developed to support and enable Monash Health’s commitment to provide high-quality care, support, information and referrals to people impacted by family violence.

Family violence clinical guideline

The latest version of the family violence clinical guideline can be found on prompt.

The clinical guideline has been developed to assist Monash Health employees identify and respond to family violence.

It includes a Family Violence Flowchart which provides the six step identification and response pathway – print it off and have it handy in your work area or ward.

Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Initiative

Watch this video to learn about the role healthcare professionals can play in responding to family violence

Information Sharing Scheme

For information about Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) and Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS), please visit the dedicated intranet page.

External requests from prescribed agencies should be directed to our external webpage here.

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