Health practitioners are the professionals most often told about family violence, even more so than police. Studies show abuse is associated with depression, anxiety, other psychological disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual dysfunction, functional gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, chronic pain and multiple somatic symptoms. Sexual abuse has also been linked with chronic pelvic pain. GPs can identify predisposing risk factors, noting early signs and symptoms of violence. Evidence shows women are open to being asked about their safety at home.
Join your peers as we tackle the difficult subject of identifying and supporting patients experiencing family violence. Drawing on a skilled panel consisting of Professor Kelsey Hegarty from University of Melbournes Safer Families Centre and a lived experience speaker, this session will also cover what support services are available for General practice .
Learning outcomesBy the end of this session you will be able to:
- Identify and respond to family violence survivors
- Discuss particular issues during the COVID pandemic of addressing family violence
- Analyse the challenges of also seeing perpetrators and children in general practice