Family violence is a health issue that affects people across the lifespan. It predominantly affects women and children. Alfred Health recognises that hospitals and health services have a key role in identifying and responding to family violence.
Research tells us that the incidence of family violence increases during periods of emergency or natural disaster. We are aware of this risk during the COVID-19 pandemic and encourage those experiencing family violence to access the available support services which are listed below.
We endorse the best practice framework of Sensitive Inquiry.
By definition, family violence is behaviour by a person towards a family member that:
- Is physically or sexually abusive
- Is emotionally or psychologically abusive
- Is economically abusive
- Is threatening or coercive or dominating
- Causes fear
This definition also includes behaviours that cause a child to witness or hear or otherwise be exposed to the effects of family violence.
If you, or someone you know is experiencing any of these behaviours, help is available from a number of organisations. Despite possible changes in the way some organisations are functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic, help is still available and accessible.
- If you’re in an emergency, please call triple zero (000)
Safe Steps - Family Violence Response Centre
Safe Steps - Family Violence Response Centre is Victoria’s statewide first response service for women, young people and children experiencing family violence
1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service
No to Violence
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
Sexual Assault Crisis Line
The Sexual Assault Crisis Line Victoria (SACL) is a state-wide, after-hours, confidential, telephone crisis counselling service for people who have experienced both past and recent sexual assault