Assisting health workers to identify and respond to Intimate Partner Violence

August 2018

Over the past three years, NCETA has partnered with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Clinical Education Centre to conduct a one-day workshop for medical, nursing and allied health staff on identifying and responding to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

This highly successful workshop was conducted once again in July 2018 and featured NCETA’s co-produced and much sought after resource

Can I Ask?...An alcohol and other drug clinician’s guide to addressing family and domestic violence.

Workshop participants were also provided with a comprehensive workbook that they were:

  • Able to use during the day for the interactive learning activities
  • Encouraged to take back to their work settings and apply the strategies in discussions with their colleagues, supervisors and managers e.g. during team/staff meetings.

Key issues covered in the workshop included:

  • Defining IPV
  • Prevalence and incidence of IPV
  • Strategies for asking, screening, assessment and responding to disclosure
  • Strategies for enhancing staff safety, collaboration and information sharing.

The workshop, including the presentation, workbook and resources were extremely well received with participants commenting:

Excellent and very interactive workshop with fabulous facilitators.

The workshop reinforced the importance of ongoing discussion and training on domestic violence.

The workshop gave me the confidence to engage more effectively with clients experiencing IPV.

I received great practical resources that I can use in my work place and share with colleagues.

I was able to take away and will apply the key terms used by the facilitators such as “listen”, “hear”, “believe”, “take the abuse seriously”, “be non-judgemental” when responding to a patient experiencing IPV.

NCETA and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are planning to run additional IPV and AOD workshops in 2019.