As Victorians continue to follow advice and stay home in line with the new stage 4 restrictions, the advice to our community from Our watch is that “we must be vigilant to a ‘second wave’ of increased family violence, and to remain committed to preventing violence before it starts.”
The increase in demand for family violence services since March has prompted the latest Australian Department of Social Services posters, television and radio ads as part of the ‘Help is here’ campaign. Monash Health has seen an increase in family violence cases and consults since March.
At Monash Health, the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence team continue to offer support for managers and employees through this period.
“Right now, our community is experiencing more stress than ever before, with people who are at risk of family violence being forced into a situation where they are living 24/7 with their perpetrator.
“As managers, you need to be able to identify the signs of family violence, understand the risk factors, engage in sensitive conversations, and know where to make a referral - starting that conversation could change or save the life of your colleague or your patient. It’s that important. This is why we are encouraging managers and employees to book in for the Family Violence: Manager training and Family Violence: Clinician training as soon as you can” said Jane Hooker.
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