Family and domestic violence – guideline, reference manual, policy, education and training

The Women's Health Clinical Support Programs (WHCSP), Women and Newborn Health Service (WNHS) has the mandate to maintain and support the following:

The Department of Health is also a signatory to the 2010 “Memorandum of Understanding (PDF 160KB) – Information Sharing between agencies with responsibility for preventing and responding to family and domestic violence in Western Australia”.

Guideline for Responding to Family and Domestic Violence and Reference Manual for Health Professionals 2014

The Guideline and Reference Manual are for all staff within WA Health. They set out principles of screening for violence and abuse, intervention and standard information applicable to the different settings within which health professionals operate. The Guideline and Reference Manual provide information on:

  • WA Health policy on the roles and responsibilities of staff
  • effects of family and domestic violence on adults and children
  • identification and assessment
  • referral pathways
  • documentation
  • longer term management
  • dealing with specific client groups, including Aboriginal people and their families.

The overall aim is to:

  • reduce the incidence of family and domestic violence (FDV) through early identification and consistent care by health professionals
  • minimise the trauma that adults and children living with FDV experience and
  • ensure the safety of clients and staff.

Education and training

The Women’s Health and Clinical Support Programs (WHCSP) provide education and training in family and domestic violence for WA Health staff.

FDV training topics

  • How to recognise and respond to family and domestic violence in a health setting
  • FDV Risk Assessment Tool
  • Understanding FGM: A focus on practice guidelines
  • Understanding and responding to Elder Abuse (presented by Advocare)
  • Presenting Violence Against Women: a focus on the CaLD community
  • Thinking outside the box: working with perpetrators of family and domestic violence
  • Family and Domestic Violence- The Legal Stuff You Need To Know (presented by the Domestic Violence Legal Unit)
  • Understanding how the impact of violence and trauma affects the community: a CaLD focus

For further information on the above training topics or to register for the training please see the below training calendar.

2016 training calendar

2016 training calendar (PDF 617KB)

Customised training

WHCSP are also available to provide training at your workplace on request. Talks can be tailored to meet the needs of your health service, organisation or group. Training can also be provided on any of the topics listed above.

More information

For further information, resources and links please visit WCHSP Family and domestic violence (external site).

Education and Training at Women’s Health Clinical Support Programs
Contact: WHCSP FDV Education and Training Officer
Phone: 9340 1795

Produced by

Women and Newborn Health Network