Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) Project lands at Colac Area Health.

The Hospital system is an early contact point for many people who are at risk of, or have experienced, family violence.Health service staff and volunteers are in a unique position to identify indicators of family violence and provide appropriate support if required.

The SHRFV project aims to: 

• introduce practices in hospitals which will help patients affected by family violence be more inclined to disclose and seek help 
• ensure health professionals feel confident, and have the capacity to recognise indicators of family violence, provide a sensitive response and the necessary support and referrals
• address the need to support staff both professionally and personally

This two-year project is a whole-of-hospital approach which aligns with the Family Violence Protection Act 2008. The Act defines family violence as ‘including a range of behaviours such as physical and sexual abuse; emotional or psychological abuse; economic abuse; or behaviour that is threatening, coercive, or in any way controls or dominates that person or causes them to feel fear. The definition also refers to any behaviours that cause a child to witness or hear or otherwise be exposed to the effects of family violence.’

Colac Area Health will be working alongside Barwon Health, Hesse Rural Health, Lorne Community Hospital and Otway Health who are also undertaking this work.

For further information on the project, please contact Peter Kelly, Regional Project Officer – SHRFV Project on E:  or M: 0481 917 565