Breaking the Barriers – Engaging and responding to patients who use domestic and family violence

16 May 2024
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM


Available to
Practice Nurses
Practice Managers
Allied Health Providers
General Practitioners
Practice Staff

Continuing Professional Development

This activity has been approved in RACGP 2023-2025 triennium for 2 hours: Educational Activities 1 hour Reviewing Performance 1 hour


Join the Safer Families Centre, University of Melbourne, in this online advanced workshop to support general practitioners and clinical primary care provider staff to enhance confidence in responding safely and sensitively to disclosures of using domestic violence. It will also cover how to consider the whole family when working with people who use violence.

This workshop is designed for GPs and clinical staff who already have a base knowledge of how to identify when violence is occurring and safely engage with people who use violence.

Safer Families Centre IPV Identification and Initial Response Audit Activity (Measuring Outcomes CPD)

The Safer Families Centre has also developed a clinical audit CPD activity for GPs on Intimate Partner Violence Identification (IPV) and Initial Response that compliments this webinar. The activity aims to provide a better understanding of IPV and how to identify and ask patients about it. GPs will also strengthen their capacity to identify barriers to asking about IPV and how to overcome those barriers. The activity also attracts up to 10 RACGP CPD hours in Measuring Outcomes for GPs.

For more information on this Audit activity, or to download the Audit template, visit:

Learning outcomes:

  • Respond sensitively and appropriately to disclosures of using domestic or family violence.
  • Discuss how to use motivational interviewing and strengths-based principles to explore behaviour and attitudinal change.
  • Discuss care of the whole family when a perpetrator and survivor are patients of the same practice.
  • Identify how to access appropriate referral pathways for patients who have used domestic or family violence.