Patients in Victorian public hospitals will get the support they need if they’re experiencing family violence, with new funding to train health workers in spotting the signs and offering help.
Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams announced the funding today at the 2019 Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence forum in Bendigo.
The Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes a $7.8 million boost to the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence initiative.
Under the initiative more than 28,000 healthcare workers in Victorian public hospitals have already been trained to identify and support patients experiencing family violence, learning to recognise warning signs, respond sensitively and respectfully and connect victims to the services they need.
About 130 healthcare workers will attend today’s forum to improve responses to patients experiencing family violence and embed the program into everyday care.
The Labor Government is investing $38.4 million over five years to deliver the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence initiative, in response to Recommendation 95 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Family violence is a national emergency, with one woman murdered at the hands of a current or former partner every week. It is the leading cause of death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44.
When it comes to addressing family violence Victoria has led the way with its landmark Royal Commission that brought down 227 recommendations. The Labor Government has committed to fulfilling all of them, with more than half completed already.
Quote attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams
“Family violence is a national crisis and we need the whole community’s help in preventing violence and providing help for victims – this program means healthcare workers can play a vital role.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos
“Our compassionate and skilled healthcare workers see many Victorians every day – they’re well placed to spot the signs of family violence and link them to life-saving services.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards
“Healthcare workers are often the first to see signs of violence, so it’s crucial they have the tools to identify victims and connect them to the services and support they need.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“This great initiative has already trained thousands of healthcare workers to offer the help and compassion which can change someone’s life.”