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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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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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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:

  1. What are the experiences of gender-based violence for women staying in adult inpatient mental health units?
  2. 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.

 

Publication details

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.


Author

DR JULIET WATSON
RMIT University

DR CHRIS MAYLEA
RMIT University

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RUSSELL ROBERTS
Charles Sturt University

DR NICHOLAS HILL
RMIT University

MS SUSAN McCALLUM
RMIT University


ISBN: 978-1-925925-15-9 (print) | 978-1-925925-99-9 (online)

90 pp.

 

Suggested citation

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.

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