Examination of the health outcomes of intimate partner violence against women: State of knowledge paper

Publisher: ANROWS, 2016

Status – CURRENT

This paper systematically reviews evidence on the health outcomes for women in Australia experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV), noting that causal pathways are complex and subject to a rapidly growing body of knowledge.  It also describes current data sources on the prevalence of IPV and possible ways to address the gap in exposure data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

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A preventable burden: Measuring and addressing the prevalence and health impacts of intimate partner violence in Australian women: Key findings and future directions

Publisher: ANROWS, 2016

Status – CURRENT

This report outlines new findings on the health impacts of intimate partner violence and the contribution it makes to the overall disease burden in Australian Women. The findings are considered in the context of other evidence and the implications for policy, practice and further research are discussed. The second of two reports, this one focuses on two populations that experience the highest health impacts: women of reproductive age (18-44 years) and Indigenous women (see above).

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Establishing the connection. Guidelines for practitioners and clinicians in the sexual assault and alcohol and other drug sectors

Publisher: Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2016

Status – CURRENT

These guidelines have been developed to build the capacity of workers in the sexual assault and alcohol and other drug (AOD) sectors in Victoria to support shared clients who experience both sexual assault trauma and substance use issues. The guidelines have been prepared by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in partnership with CASA Forum and UnitingCare ReGen. They are the result of an Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) funded project exploring the enablers and barriers of the AOD and sexual assault sectors in referring shared clients to specialist services.

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Key issues in working with men from immigrant and refugee communities in preventing violence against women

Publisher: White Ribbon Research Series Dr Adele Murdolo and Dr Regina Quiazon May 2016

Status – CURRENT

A White Ribbon Research Series paper about engaging immigrant and refugee men in violence prevention against women.

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Building effective policies and services to promote women’s economic security following domestic violence: State of knowledge paper

Publisher: Anrows, 2015

Status – CURRENT

This state of knowledge paper outlines what is currently known about the economic tactics and financial impact of domestic violence, and ways to promote women’s economic security during and following violence.

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Advocacy for safety and empowerment: State of knowledge paper

Publisher: Anrows, 2015

Status – CURRENT

This paper analyses critical, policy, service and research literature on responses to Aboriginal women experiencing family and domestic violence in Australia; focusing on non-legal and non-clinical services and women’s specialist services in regional and remote settings. As a critical review, the paper highlights problems in using ideas of “effectiveness” and “success” to drive objectives in service delivery; and seeks to re-centre aspirations for empowerment alongside those for safety.

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Freedom from Fear Action Plan 2015: Working towards the elimination of family and domestic violence in Western Australia (the Action Plan).

Publisher: Government of Western Australia Department for Child Protection and family support, 2015

Status – CURRENT

The Action Plan focuses on engaging and responding to perpetrators of family and domestic violence and sets out 20 actions under the following priority areas:

  • promote understanding and awareness about family and domestic violence;
  • target communities and populations at greatest risk;
  • trial and evaluate innovative approaches to perpetrator intervention;
  • promote consistent quality practice in engaging and responding to men who use violence; and
  • increase the capacity and authority of the service system to stop perpetrators of family and domestic violence when they are identified.

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Working with Women Engaged in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment

Publisher: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC ), 2015

Status – CURRENT

“Improving service provision to women means acknowledging their unique experiences and perspectives, enhancing the best practice approaches AOD treatment services already have in place or adopting philosophical perspectives that give a greater voice to the needs of women.”  This new NADA resource is a practical guide to supporting workers and organisations to provide best practice interventions for women accessing AOD treatment. This includes effective organisational change, becoming a gender responsive service, supporting family inclusiveness and providing trauma informed care.

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Supporting Pregnant Women who use Alcohol or Other Drugs guide – A Guide for Primary Health Care Professionals

Publisher: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC )

Status – CURRENT

Evidence shows that well-coordinated and comprehensive support with early access to antenatal care and specialist alcohol or drug treatment can reduce harm and improve outcomes for pregnant women who have problematic alcohol and drug use, and their babies.

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Implementing trauma-informed systems of care in health settings: The WITH study. State of knowledge paper

Publisher: Anrows, September 2015

Status – CURRENT

This paper examines the available literature on trauma-informed frameworks, models and guidelines that guide organisations to improve service provision to survivors of sexual violence with mental health problems.

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