SUSTAIN: Sustainability of Identification and Response to Family Violence in antenatal care
Professor Kelsey Hegarty
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This project aims to understand and support the integration of evidence based, effective screening, risk assessment and first-line response to domestic violence (DV) into the complex system of antenatal care. It will build on existing resources and research, to focus on women assessed as currently in “lower risk” situations, who are often not in contact with DV services but attend health services for pregnancy.
Domestic violence screening in antenatal care is recommended by the World Health Organization; this screening aims to identify women at risk of DV, many of whom are in ongoing relationship with the perpetrator. There is variability of antenatal screening rates and quality across Australia. In New South Wales, screening has occurred for over a decade with mixed success, while in Victoria providers will be mandated to screen using the Common Risk Assessment and Management Framework from 2018. This provides a unique opportunity to learn from the two states’ different antenatal experiences about what works, for whom, and in what context.
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)
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