This significant by-product of the COVID-19 pandemic lock-down restrictions has seen a marked increase in family violence cases. Unable to escape, many victims are finding themselves the casualties of escalated anxiety levels, financial pressures and separation from support networks. Addressing family violence in the primary care setting will always be complex and confronting, but in this new world of telehealth and decreased face-to-face consultations, how do we as GPs identify and help patients at risk of abuse?
RACGP are proud to present Dr Jennifer Neil, General Practitioner and Senior Lecturer at Monash University. Jennifer is a GP educator in domestic violence for the Harmony Study (RCT) Victoria, and teaches the domestic violence module to undergraduate students at Monash University. Jenny will discuss the complexities of dealing with family violence from a primary care perspective.
1. Describe the challenges of addressing domestic violence given the current pandemic restrictions
2. Outline the complexities of dealing with the patient experiencing domestic violence
3. Develop strategies to encourage disclosure of domestic violence
4. Identify appropriate domestic violence resources and referral pathways