Enhancing responsiveness to family violence in front line mental health

Melissa Petrakis, Meg Buck, Loren Urzia, Sara Cantwell

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

Abstract

Background/reason for the presentation: Women are five times more likely than men to require medical
attention or hospitalisation as a result of intimate partner violence, and five times more likely to report
fearing for their lives (Mouzos 1999). Of women who experience family violence 76% in fact do reach out for
help or support (ANROWS 2016). Despite the myriad health issues women present with, the family violence
might go unidentified. This is a terrible missed opportunity where skilled mental health staff could intervene
to assist. A receptive and skilled response from mental health staff – though training, resourcing and skill
development – is likely to positively impact consequences of family violence.
Project aims: To determine and implement the best evidence-based practice tool for family violence
identification and response in public mental health service contexts.
Method: To create a staff training/briefing package and identification and response resource – a “prompt
card”, wearable on the staff lanyard, alongside the ID card, for ready reference.
Results: We will report on trialling this training/briefing package and identification and response resource in
a clinical service setting.
Discussion: We will seek input from the audience regarding transferability and utility to various urban and
regional contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages70-70
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2017
EventMental Health Services (MHS) Conference 2017: Embracing Change: Through Innovation and Lived Experience - Hilton, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 29 Aug 20171 Sep 2017
Conference number: 27th
https://www.themhs.org/past-conferences.php/29/embracing-change-through-innovation-and-lived-experience

Conference

ConferenceMental Health Services (MHS) Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleTheMHS 2017
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period29/08/171/09/17
Internet address

Keywords

  • family violence
  • mental health

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Petrakis, M., Buck, M., Urzia, L., & Cantwell, S. (2017). Enhancing responsiveness to family violence in front line mental health. 70-70. Abstract from Mental Health Services (MHS) Conference 2017, Sydney, Australia.
Petrakis, Melissa ; Buck, Meg ; Urzia, Loren ; Cantwell, Sara. / Enhancing responsiveness to family violence in front line mental health. Abstract from Mental Health Services (MHS) Conference 2017, Sydney, Australia.1 p.
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Petrakis, M, Buck, M, Urzia, L & Cantwell, S 2017, 'Enhancing responsiveness to family violence in front line mental health' Mental Health Services (MHS) Conference 2017, Sydney, Australia, 29/08/17 - 1/09/17, pp. 70-70.

Enhancing responsiveness to family violence in front line mental health. / Petrakis, Melissa; Buck, Meg; Urzia, Loren; Cantwell, Sara.

2017. 70-70 Abstract from Mental Health Services (MHS) Conference 2017, Sydney, Australia.

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