Did you know that one in four Australian women have experienced family violence since the age of 15?
At Alfred Health, we support the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign (25 November-10 December), and are part of the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence network across Victorian Health.
We have dedicated staff working closely with our community to recognise and respond to family and gender-based violence.
Our Health Promotion team at Caulfield Community Health Service aims to provide better health outcomes for the local community.
“We work with schools, local councils and primary care partnerships to raise awareness of family violence and gender-equity,” says Hannah Opeskin, Health Promotion Coordinator at Caulfield Hospital.
“We provide resources and expertise that can be used to facilitate workshops and help to encourage good behaviours.”
Hannah says their goal is to create environments that generate healthy habits.
“We engage with the community to figure out the issues they’re facing, and work to push healthy outcomes including introducing new policies, and education about gender-based language,” she says.
The Health Promotion team have also raised awareness internally with Caulfield Community Health Service staff completing additional gender-equity training in addition to Alfred Health’s family violence training.
If you’d like to join the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign, find out how you can participate here.
To find out more about family violence support at Alfred Health, visit our Family Violence page.
If you or someone you know if experiencing family violence, help is available. Call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. If you’re in an emergency, call triple zero (000).