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Awareness raising for health and education professionals in recognising domestic and family violence

Responsible government

  • South Australia

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 16 Enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims and survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.

What are we doing?

The South Australian Government is working to raise awareness among health professionals about how to best recognise and address domestic, family and sexual violence, and identifying perpetrators and their risk factors.

What is next?

The South Australian Government is working to raise awareness among professionals in Children’s Centres, preschools and schools, so that teachers, student support services and allied health professionals know how to best recognise and address violence against women and their children, reducing the impact of violence on children and young people in these settings.

In response to COVID-19, the South Australian Government is increasing the capacity for non-specialist services to recognise domestic, family and sexual violence, link into safety-based supports for victim-survivors, and maintain line of sight services for perpetrators. This includes focusing on essential services who are in unique positions to be touch points and gateways to specialist services and supports, such as GPs. Resources have been developed which will be provided to health services and pharmacies.

The South Australian Women’s Information Service is expanding to provide services through Children’s Centres including information and referrals for people experiencing domestic and family violence. The expansion process includes training for the staff of the Children’s Centres which helps them to recognise the signs that women may be experiencing domestic and family violence.

What difference will we make?

Raising awareness among health professionals and education professionals will enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims/survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.

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