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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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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

Background

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.

Aim

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.

Methods

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.

Significance

Findings from this study will have practical implications to inform the development of training, education and resources to support emergency department staff to do this work and will inform redesign processes to integrate crisis responses to domestic and family violence victims.

Funding Body

Health Education and Training Institute (HETI); NSW Health

Funding Budget

$29,430

Project start date

January 2021

Expected completion date

October 2022
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