Preventing gender-based violence in mental health inpatient units
This report investigates and documents experiences of gender-based violence occurring in adult mental health inpatient units and perpetrated against women, in order to inform how policy and practice can be improved to make these environments safe for women.
This was explored through the following two research questions:
- What are the experiences of gender-based violence for women staying in adult inpatient mental health units?
- How can these experiences inform and improve policy and service delivery?
Based in Victoria, the study involved:
- in-depth interviews with 11 women who had experienced gender-based violence during a stay in a mental health inpatient unit;
- workshops with service providers; and
- an analysis of relevant policies from across Australia.
The report includes recommendations for policy and practice.
This work is part of the ANROWS Research reports series. ANROWS Research reports (Horizons) are in-depth reports on empirical research produced under ANROWS’s research program.
DR JULIET WATSON
DR CHRIS MAYLEA
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RUSSELL ROBERTS
Charles Sturt University
DR NICHOLAS HILL
MS SUSAN McCALLUM
ISBN: 978-1-925925-15-9 (print) | 978-1-925925-99-9 (online)
Watson, J., Maylea, C., Roberts, R., Hill, N., & McCallum, S. (2020). Preventing gender-based violence in mental health inpatient units (Research report, 01/2020). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.