World Human Rights Day, the final day of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Thursday 10 December is World Human Rights Day, marking the final day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

This year’s campaign comes at a time when experts are calling 2020 the worst year ever for domestic violence, with family violence reports and people accessing support networks at an all-time high.

This year our campaign focused on increasing awareness with our clinical employees, of the effects of family violence on a number of aspects of their work. Annika McCaffery, a family violence survivor, joined the Paediatric Grand Round to provide a young person’s perspective, and what she wished health services had done better for her as a young person experiencing family violence.

Dr Maaike Moller, Forensic Physician and Acting Head of Clinical Forensic Medicine, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, presented on medical assessment and family violence at the Medical Grand Round. Dr Moller spoke of the new legislative response to strangulation, provided examples of what clinicians and the VIFM are seeing in clinical settings and the increased anxiousness experienced during COVID.

We also heard from the family violence team at a manager and employee forum drawing attention to many of the health-related facts about family violence, what to look out for with each other and the support available to our employees.

This year our awareness campaign again featured employees from all parts of the organisation, drawing attention to many of the health-related facts about family violence and the effects that isolating can bring. The campaign also ran externally for our community with a clear call to action to speak to us today or call 1800RESPECT for further family violence support.

We will continue to bring you stories of our work and our commitment to responding to family violence, and encourage any employee who has not yet completed training to make a booking for 2021. Manager training is now mandatory.

Here at Monash Health we have several resources available to help assist employees in identifying and responding to suspected family violence patients. These include guidelines, over-the-phone and online support and secondary consultation. For these and more information about our Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence visit  COVID employee website, the intranet, PROMPT or contact the team directly via: familyviolenceeducation@monashhealth.org

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