This web page provides links to information and tools for midwives and other maternity clinicians on family violence and pregnancy and to support services that may be beneficial for their clients. Resources are listed in alphabetical order of the publishing organisation.
Stand Together Against Domestic and Family Violence
1800RESPECT provides resources for frontline workers who come into contact with people affected by family violence. 'Stand Together' is an online tool kit that professionals can access for free.
This page provides resources for health care professions who work with people impacted by family violence.
Australia’s National Research Organisations for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)
ANROWS has developed posters, webinars and factsheets on family violence. Resources are tailored to specific populations including women form culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women with disabilities.
Centre of Perinatal Excellence
Abuse or family violence in pregnancy
This web page provides advice for healthcare providers about what to do if a woman is experiencing family violence and includes the number for 1800RESPECT.
Department of Health
Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care
National guidelines for healthcare providers in the provision of evidence-based maternity care in Australia.
Pregnancy care guidelines - Family violence
National guidelines (as above) links directly to the family violence section.
Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert)
DV-alert provides education and training to help frontline workers build their capacity to identify and respond to family violence. Training is provided by Lifeline and is nationally accredited. DV-alert is included as a resource in the National Antenatal Care Guidelines.
Futures Without Violence
All-inclusive Online Tools for Providers and Advocates
Futures Without Violence is a US-based organisation that has been endorsed in the National Antenatal Care Guidelines as a resource for practitioners. This website provides a number of free online tools for download including webinars and fact sheets.
Government of Western Australia - Department of Health
Guidelines for responding to Family and Domestic Violence
The King Edward Memorial Hospital Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Western Australia provides guidelines to help clinicians to identify women experiencing family and domestic violence and to make appropriate referrals if violence is disclosed.
Guidelines for Western Australian practitioners on the timing and type of family violence screening recommended during the antenatal period.
Northern Integrated Family Violence Services
Overcoming Barriers (CALD Resource)
Overcoming Barriers is a resource developed by the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services in Victoria to provide practitioners with advice on how to respond appropriately to women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities who have experienced family violence.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities
This webpage produced by the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services in Victoria includes practice resources for working with CALD communities
Pregnancy birth and baby
Family violence during pregnancy
This webpage provides information on types of family violence, potential harms to the mother and baby and what some warning signs might be. It also includes contact information for national and state helplines.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
The Whitebook, 4th Edition
This guide developed by RACGP offers health practitioners evidence-based guidance on appropriate identification and response in clinical practice to patients experiencing abuse and violence.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
The RACGP Professional Development Program on Family Violence
The RACGP have developed an online course for its members who wish to develop their skills in supporting people experiencing family violence. The program is accredited by RACGP and Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD).
The Royal Women's Hospital (Melbourne)
Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Resource Centre
The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) Project has developed a range of evidence-informed resources and tools to support Victorian public hospitals implement the SHRFV model.
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Health care for women
subjected to intimate partner
violence or sexual violence
The WHO handbook provides detailed guidelines for health practitioners who are working directly with women who have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence. Note that the handbook does not include specific guidance for the antenatal period.
Community-based prevention of violence against women and their children
This toolkit provides a range of resources for practitioners and community workers who wish to engage a primary prevention approach to prevent violence from occurring. It is targeted at individuals who are planning to deliver or develop a program in a particular community.
Training resources to support clinicians
This website provides online training resources on understanding and clinical responses to domestic and family violence for health professionals.
Antenatal screening for domestic and family violence guideline
These guidelines provide recommendations for health professionals when screening and responding to the needs of pregnant women at risk or experiencing domestic and family violence.
Domestic Violence Screening Centre Victoria (DVRCV)
The DVRCV provides a range of prevention and response training courses that are suitable for the family violence specialist sector, community and health professionals.
The national Pregnancy Care Guidelines suggest that women should be screened for risk of family violence during pregnancy. However, it is important that clinicians screen women only when it is possible to provide appropriate support in response to a disclosure of family violence. For further guidance about screening for family violence in pregnancy, please refer to the national guidelines, listed below.
National guidelines (as above) links directly to the family violence section
Safety apps for mobile phones
This website lists safety apps that can be used to access information and support services within Australia.
The Daisy app is designed to connect those experiencing domestic violence or abuse to services. Downloadable on iOS and Android.
Australian Government - Department of Social Services
Family Safety Pack
This website provides fact sheets and multilingual resources about domestic violence for those coming to Australia from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Department of Health and Human Services, Government of Victoria
What is family violence? In your community language
This resource provides information about support services, who to contact and how to get help in Victoria in various community languages.
DV work aware
Information for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD)
This resource provides women from CALD backgrounds with information about their rights and provides tips for asking for help if family violence is being experienced. The website links to specialised support services in different states and also translates into several different languages.
Family and Community Services - NSW
Domestic Violence line
This website provides the phone numbers of the domestic violence line, child protection helpline and link2home homelessness line.
Immigrant Women's Support Service
Information in your language
This resource provides fact sheets about domestic violence translated into many languages.
NSW Department of Justice
Charter of Victims Rights
The charter of victim rights provides advice to the victims of crime on services available and the legal process.
NSW Ministry of Health
About domestic and family violence
Victims Services NSW provides free counselling, support services and financial assistance to victims of crime. The online resource includes links to information regarding the justice system victims’ rights.
Penda is a free, national app with legal, financial, and personal safety information and referrals for women who have experienced domestic and family violence. It was developed by the Women’s Legal Service Qld.
Welcome to Relationships Australia
Relationships Australia has a number of locations around Australia that offer support services for individuals, families and communities. They offer support groups and counselling on relationships, and for abused and abusive partners.
White Ribbon Australia
Understand Domestic Violence - Additional resources
White Ribbon provides a comprehensive resource on domestic violence and abuse. This website also provides practical tips, e-learning and fact-sheets.
Women's and Children's Health Network
Domestic Violence and pregnancy
This website provides information about family violence occurring in pregnancy, linking to resources and services in South Australia.
1800RESPECT is a national phone and online domestic and family violence service providing information, referrals and counselling.
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
This website lists family and domestic violence services that are available nationwide in Australia.
Domestic Violence Support
This website lists family and domestic violence services that are available in each state in Australia.
Domestic Violence Hotlines
This website lists numbers of domestic violence hotlines that are suitable for a wide range of population groups.
Domestic Violence Crisis Service
This service provides legal and practical assistance to those experiencing family violence in the ACT.
Community Services - ACT
This website links to women's refuge services for women with different needs in the Australian Capital Territory.
Domestic Violence Line
NSW - Domestic violence line
This website provides the phone numbers of the domestic violence line, child protection helpline and link2home homelessness line There are also links to programs, services, resources and legal assistance.
Northern Territory Government of Australia
Domestic and family violence
This website provides phone numbers of domestic and family violence services for women in the Northern Territory.
Pregnancy & Domestic Violence
This page provides the phone number of a 24/7 Queensland domestic violence line.
Government of South Australia - Department of Human Services
Domestic and family violence and sexual assault support services
This website provides links to domestic and family violence and sexual assault resources for women in South Australia.
Government of Tasmania - Department of Health and Human Services
Family Violence Counselling and Support Service
This website provides information on accessing Tasmania's family violence counselling and support service.
Supporting women and children to live free from family violence
This website provides the phone number of a 24/7 Victorian domestic violence line.
This support service based in Victoria provides practical support to Indigenous women, including to those who are or have experienced family violence.
InTouch: multicultural centre against family violence
This support service is a free and confidential specialised family violence service that works with multicultural women and communities.
Government of Western Australia
Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline
This website provides the phone number of a 24/7 Western Australian domestic violence line.
This website lists information and contact information of women's refuges' in Western Australia.
Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS)
Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women
This report outlines findings from a number of place-based Indigenous family violence initiatives and provides advice on implications for policy and practice.
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Domestic and family Violence in pregnancy and early parenthood: Overview and emerging interventions
This publication provides broad and comprehensive information about domestic and family violence during the perinatal period.
Domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote communities
This website provides information about key statistics and characteristics of domestic and family violence in regional, remote and rural communities.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
O&G - Magazine
A 2017 edition of O&G Magazine that focuses on family violence.
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