Recognising domestic abuse

MANDATORY training on identifying and intervening in family violence is needed to help doctors tackle the often-hidden problems, a GP researcher says.

While domestic violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness for women in Victoria, the training pales in comparison to that for other illnesses, according to Professor Kelsey Hegarty, director of the Researching Abuse and Violence Program at the University of Melbourne’s department of general practice.

In her submission to Victoria’s Royal Commission on Family