Domestic and family violence

Domestic and family violence (DFV) is the use or threat of harm to control another person. In many cases it can remain hidden as the person causing harm establishes control through fear and may use coercive behaviours such as intimidation and other forms of psychological abuse.

  • in Queensland, since 2006, 263 women children and men have been killed by a family member or current / former intimate partner
  • approximately two women are killed nearly every week in Australia due to DFV
  • one in six women and one in 17 men experience physical violence by a partner.

One in four women and one in six men experience emotional abuse by a current or previous partner.

Recognise, Respond, Refer: An Integrated Health Response to Domestic and Family Violence
Recognise, Respond, Refer: An Integrated Health Response to Domestic & Family Violence

For many victims of abuse, contact with a General Practitioner (GP) or primary health practitioner is often their first link with community based services.

Brisbane South PHN designed the Recognise, Respond, Refer program to assist GPs to sensitively enquire and respond to disclosures of abuse. Enhancing knowledge of the issue and providing the right referral mechanisms will significantly improve the consistency of the response to victims, increase the likelihood of early intervention and potentially, save lives.

General Practices who are interested in being part of this program should contact dfv@bsphn.org.au for more information.

Domestic and Family Violence Referrals - Brisbane south region

Domestic and Family Violence Local Link
Brisbane South PHN are rolling out a new service across the Brisbane south region to support general practices to respond to domestic and family violence: the DFV Local Link.

This service offers one point-of-referral for patients affected by domestic and family violence, as well as advice and support to enable better identification and response to domestic and family violence in general practices. It is currently available to general practices in the Redlands and Logan areas and will rolled out across the entire region later in 2020.

Redlands DFV Local Link – for practice support contact:
Grace Tuaoi
Redlands DFV Local Link Coordinator
0482 811 980 or redlandslocallink@centreforwomen.org.au
A referral form to this service is available here. 

Logan DFV Local Link – for practice support contact:
Mikaela Martyn
Logan DFV Local Link Coordinator
0460 626 502 or loganlocallink@centreforwomen.org.au
A referral form to this service is available here.

For secure referrals to either service please find The Centre for Women & Co. on Medical Objects.

For general practices in other areas of the region, please refer on to the DFV Specialist Service in your area as listed below.

 

Domestic and family violence specialist services in the Brisbane south region
The following services are the initial contact for information and hypotheticals, and can provide referral forms with consent from the person.

  • Brisbane Domestic and Family Violence Service – 3217 2544
  • Beaudesert and Jimboomba Domestic and Family Violence Service – 3826 1500
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Beenleigh – 3807 6226
  • The Centre for Women and Co – Logan and Redlands – 3050 3060

DVConnect
DVConnect Womensline (1800 811 811) is the only statewide telephone service for women who are experiencing domestic or family violence, and is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. DVConnect can arrange practical assistance such as counselling, intervention, transport and emergency accommodation for Queensland women and their children who are in danger from a violent partner or family member.

If you require emergency support, call the Queensland Ambulance or Police Services on triple zero. For non-urgent requests and to share information with the Queensland Police Service, contact Police Link. 

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