EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
An exploration of what enables NSW Health emergency department staff to treat and support domestic and family violence victims who have experienced non-fatal strangulation
Non-fatal strangulation (NFS) is an indicator of serious risk in domestic and family violence (DFV). NFS is a predictor of lethality however it is frequently minimised by both victims and health workers due to a lack of awareness regarding the potential injuries. It is medically dangerous with a risk of brain injury, an arterial dissection or death from unseen injuries. Health services need to assess and respond to both the medical and psychosocial risks when victims present to emergency departments.
This study aims to explore what enables emergency department staff to respond to and support domestic violence victims who have experienced non-fatal strangulation. This study provides an avenue for emergency department staff to share their knowledge and experience to inform the development of service improvements required for this challenging work.
This study utilises a qualitative appreciative inquiry approach, collecting data through semi-structured interviews with a range of NSW Health emergency department staff including medical, nursing and social work staff.