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Routine screening for family violence in all public antenatal settings

Recommendation:
096
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services require routine screening for family violence in all public antenatal settings. The screening guidance should be aligned with the revised Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework. Implementation will require targeted and continued training, the development of specific guidelines, and clinical support.

  • The Department of Health and Human Services continues to work with Family Safety Victoria and public maternity and newborn services to plan for the implementation of routine screening in accordance with the updated Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) and practice guidance (Recommendation 1). 

    This work includes partnering with the Strengthening Hospitals Response to Family Violence (SHRFV) initiative in the development and implementation of MARAM-aligned training and resources for antenatal staff, ensuring frontline midwives and doctors can begin and sustain screening for family violence during pregnancy.  

  • The Victorian Government is implementing the MARAM Framework and practice guidance in conjunction with the Family Violence and Information Sharing schemes. Health services will be prescribed under this legislation by June 2021. Antenatal workforces will have access to training and resources for the implementation of routine screening for family violence, in alignment with the MARAM, prior to commencement of the schemes in health services in mid-2021. This will ensure the use of common screening questions and consistent referral pathways to the right services and support. Implementation of the recommendation will see all public antenatal workforces routinely screening for family violence by June 2021. 

  • Forecast implementation date: 30 June 2021.

Reviewed 08 January 2021

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