SHRFV Resource Centre
Welcome to the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Resource Centre
Family violence is patterned, repeated behaviour intended to assert power and control over the victim. Research shows that family violence is a deeply gendered issue that affects people across the life span - disproportionately women and their children. Family violence is a serious health issue that has a profound impact on the psychological and physical well-being of those affected.
The health sector is a critical entry point for identifying people affected by family violence, providing medical care and a pathway to specialist support and assistance. Indeed, for many people, a visit to a health professional is the first, and sometimes only, step enabling them to access support and care. Therefore, strengthening the capacity of health care professionals to identify and support people across the life span is crucial to the prevention of and response to family violence.
In 2014 and 2015 the Victorian Government funded the Royal Women's Hospital (the Women's) and Bendigo Health to develop and implement a framework for embedding the practice of identifying and responding to family violence experienced by patients. The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) model was developed to provide a system-wide approach which is now being applied by hospitals across Victoria. Based on international best practice, the model has two overarching principles and five key implementation elements for a staged approach that is applicable to any Victorian health setting committed to improving its response to family violence.
About the SHRFV Resources
Based on the experience of implementing the SHRFV model across Victorian hospitals, a range of evidence-informed resources and tools have been developed to support Victorian public hospitals to implement the SHRFV model. This suite of materials also includes specialist content.
If you have any questions about the SHRFV Approach or the SHRFV Toolkit, please can contact the SHRFV Project team directly. Or if you have a question that might be of relevance to the broader audience please utilise the relevant Community of Practice on Basecamp.
Select the titles below to download SHRFV resources.
The MARAM Alignment Resources are designed to support hospitals and health services to align to the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM). The following resources have been developed:
- MARAM alignment for hospitals and health services - Provides an overview of MARAM alignment requirements and outlines a process to assist hospitals and health services to develop a MARAM Alignment Action Plan.
- Supporting Resource A: Workforce Mapping for MARAM Alignment – Proposes a methodology for mapping hospital and health services’ workforce against the 10 MARAM responsibilities.
- Supporting Resource B: MARAM Consultation Questions – Sample list of questions to gather information to inform the development of the Alignment Action Plan and Workforce Mapping document.
- Supporting Resource C: Resource Audit Tool – Designed to assist hospitals and health services to undertake a systematic audit of established policies, procedures, guidelines and practice guides against the MARAM alignment requirements.
- Supporting Resource D: Organisation Audit Tool – Designed to assist hospitals and health services to undertake a systematic audit of internal activities, structures and systems against the alignment requirements of MARAM.
- Supporting Resource E: Facilitating Collaborative Practice – Designed to assist hospitals and health services to look at where they need to establish or strengthen partnerships between departments and with external agencies and associated processes to ensure the MARAM responsibilities can be met by their workforce.
- Supporting Resource F: MARAM Alignment Action Plan template – Provides a MARAM Alignment Action Plan blank template that hospitals and health services can use.
- Supporting Resource G: Briefing Paper – Example content in a briefing paper for hospital and health services’ executive leaders that can accompany the final MARAM Alignment Action Plan and Workforce Mapping for MARAM Alignment documents.
The SHRFV Project Overview provides a summary of the SHRFV Approach for hospital executives, senior management or any interested member of the community wanting to learn more about the SHRFV initiative.
The SHRFV Project Management Guide comprehensively outlines the SHRFV Approach and includes project actions to support each element of the model. It is not prescriptive and can be adapted to suit any particular environment. If you have been employed as a SHRFV/Family Violence Project Manager and/or tasked with improving your hospital's family violence response, you should begin by reading this guide.
The SHRFV Training Manual resource has been developed to support the facilitation of the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) training modules released with the fourth edition of the SHRFV Toolkit (2018).
The SHRFV Family Violence Workplace Support Program Overview resource has been developed to support the facilitation of the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) Workplace Support training modules released with the fourth edition of the SHRFV Toolkit (2018).
The SHRFV Project Management Tools are designed to support SHRFV project implementation as suggested in the Project Management Guide.
The SHRFV Training Materials have been developed for facilitators tasked with building the awareness, capacity and capability of hospital staff. The materials provided include training modules with facilitator notes, session outlines, training feedback forms, handouts and SHRFV Specialist Module Train the Trainer recordings.
- SHRFV Paediatric Module
- SHRFV Elder Abuse Module
- SHRFV Sexual Assault Module
- SHRFV Rural and Regional Module
These materials have been developed following extensive consultation with leading family violence experts and women who have experienced family violence. They include posters to promote the hospital as a safe place for women to discuss family violence, posters for staff to prompt them to ask about family violence, and other resources such as palm cards and buttons. Hospitals can add their corporate logos to the materials. These materials should only be displayed once the SHRFV training has been delivered.
Related Health Topics
- SHRFV - MARAM Alignment resources
- SHRFV Communications Materials
- SHRFV Project Management Tools
- SHRFV Training Handouts
- Sensitive Practice Case Studies - Module Two Identifying and Responding to Family Violence - docx (251 KB)
- SHRFV Training Materials
- SHRFV Elder Abuse Module Train the Trainer Video - Please view on the Train the Trainer Video page - pptx (31.6 MB)
- SHRFV Sexual Assault Module Train the Trainer Video - Please view on the Train the Trainer Video page
- SHRFV Rural and Regional Module Train the Trainer Video - Please view on the Train the Trainer Video page
- Family Violence Workplace Support Program Resources