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Introduction to family violence

Karen Bentley, National Director of the Women’s Services Network (WESNET) presents an introduction to family violence you can use in clinical practice.

Introduction to family violence
This video is captioned
Duration: 1 hour 8 mins


CPD Information

This recorded video is not a RACGP accredited activity. However, you can still complete the evaluation and receive a certificate for your own professional education records. Depending on your profession you may need to keep a record of some/all of the following: event date, provider, your learning needs in the area, the type of activity, content/details, learning outcomes, reflection on the activity, CPD hours.

Find out more on the CPD requirements of registered Australian health professions.


Health Professional

WESNET is a National women's peak advocacy body for Australian domestic and family violence services. WESNET provides high level advice to Governments and other decision makers and influencers. WESNET advances responses which:

  • Ensure the safety of women and children
  • Empower them to live free of violence, and
  • Improve the social, political and economic status of women.

RACGP White Book
The manual offers health practitioners evidence-based guidance on appropriate identification and response in clinical practice to patients experiencing abuse and violence.

It's time to talk
This link is to a toolkit developed by the Women's Legal Service NSW to assist doctors in NSW identifying and responding to women and children who have experienced or are experiencing family violence

This link it to a national GP toolkit released by The Australian Medical Association to assist medical practitioners in identifying and responding to patients who have experienced or are experiencing family violence.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) is a non-profit organisation, supported by the Department of Human Services, Victoria, Australia. They provide training, publications, research and other resources to those experiencing (or who have experienced) family violence, and practitioners and service organisations who work with family violence survivors.

Domestic Violence Victoria
Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) is the peak body for specialist family violence services for women and children in Victoria. They are an independent, non-government organisation. There work is informed by the experience of women and children affected by family violence.

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Limited (ANROWS) is a not-for-profit independent national research organisation. Resources Database offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.

Patient information & referrals

Safe Steps
Safe steps is a Family Violence Response Centre. They are Victoria's first response service for women, young people and children experiencing family violence. They are committed to ensuring all women and children are able to live free from abuse – with an ultimate goal of elimination of family violence. We work towards this through a respond-recover-prevent framework.

1800 Respect is a National Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Counselling Service, (includes translator services). 24/7 phone line. The website has information for both health professionals and patients.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line
Provided information and crisis response for people who have experienced sexual violence. 1800 806 292 is a state-wide, after-hours, confidential, telephone crisis counselling service for people who have experienced both past and recent sexual assault.

Men's Referral Service
1300 766 491. No to Violence (NTV) is the peak body for organisations and individuals working with men to end their violence and abuse towards family members in Victoria and New South Wales. The Men's Referral Service is a men's family violence telephone counselling, information and referral service operating in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania and is the central point of contact for men taking responsibility for their violent behaviour. They also provide support and referrals for women and men seeking information on behalf of their male partners, friends or family members, and workers in a range of agencies seeking assistance for their clients who are men.

InTouch – Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
1800 755 988. Is a multicultural Centre against Family Violence that works with multicultural women, their families and their communities. Their website has information for both health professional and patient.

White Ribbon Australia
This takes you to a list of hotline services to call for counselling or support.


This webinar is not eligible for RACGP CPD hours. To receive a certificate of completion complete the evaluation survey:

Last updated: 
21 December 2023
Last reviewed: 
01 February 2019