Implementing change in complex health settings is challenging for any issue but particularly for sensitive issues such as sexual violence (SV) and intimate partner violence (IPV). Currently identification and response are sub-optimal for SV and IPV, and we lack robust evidence as to what works for whom and in what health settings. The WITH study explored trauma-informed, integrated care across services for women experiencing SV and mental health issues in the hospital setting and developed an implementation model. It worked with survivors as co-researchers and a key finding was the need, in addition to woman-centred care, for practitioner-centred care. Listening to the voices of survivors and practitioners is vital when introducing new practices, and this learning was taken up by the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence program in Victoria. Subsequently, the SUSTAIN study drew on the WITH implementation model and Australian experiences of screening to explore how first-line response for IPV can be sustained in busy antenatal clinics. Using the stories of these two ANROWS projects, this panel will highlight how evidence is taken up (or not) by health systems. Expect practical tips and potential pitfalls relevant to organisations wishing to implement new approaches to IPV and SV.
Program Manager, Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) - Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne
Professor - Centre for Family Violence Prevention, Royal Women’s Hospital, and University of Melbourne
WEAVERs (Women and their children who have Experienced Abuse and Violence: Researchers and advisors) - University of Melbourne
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