Finding Support

Pathways to Support

If you are feeling unsafe and require urgent assistance:

  • Victoria Police 000

  • Safe Steps 1800 015 188

If you would like to talk to someone about your situation:

  • 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)

  • Women's Support Line 1300134 130

  • Sexual Assault Crisis                      1800 806 292 (24/7)

  • MensLine 1300 789 978

Services in the Central Highlands:

  • Berry Street 03 5331 3558 

  • WRISC 03 5333 3666   

  • Child and Family Services (CAFS) 03 5337 3333

  • Centre Against Sexual Assault 03 5320 3933

  • Grampians Community Health 03 5358 7400

  • Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative 03 5331 5344

  • BUDJA BUDJA Aboriginal Cooperative
    03 5356 4751

Click here for more referral information

Program Contacts

Ballarat Health Services is a regional partner in the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Initiative.

 

Staff Include:

Simone Meade: Regional Manager
Donna Hart: Administrative Support Officer

Dee Honeychurch: Program Support Officer

Peter Cranage: Training and Workforce Development Officer

 

For further information contact shrfvi@bhs.org.au 

Copyright 2018  SHRFV - Ballarat Health Services

STRENGTHENING HOSPITAL

RESPONSES TO FAMILY VIOLENCE

 New Resources 

Ballarat Health Services work in partnership with Stawell Regional Health, Hepburn Health Service, Ballan District Health and Care, East Grampians Health Service, Beaufort Skipton Health Service and Maryborough District Health Service to implement the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence initiative.

View 2019 In Review to learn about the achievements of the partnership during 2019.

 Recognise, Respond and Refer 

Ballarat Health Services Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence team is please to share a new video to promote the message of ‘Recognise, Respond and Refer’ across our health services.

 

‘Content warning. This video contains images, descriptions and discussion of the experiences and impacts of family violence’.

What is Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence? 

The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) Initiative is a whole of hospital response to family violence.

 

The Royal Women's Hospital and Bendigo Health developed the SHRFV initiative framework based on international best practice responses to family violence in a health care setting.

 

The initiative aims to:

  • Increase the supports available for staff and volunteers of the health service who are experiencing family violence.

  • Improve how clinicians at the health service identify, respond to and support consumers impacted by family violence. 

This work aligns to Recommendation 95 of 224 Recommendations from the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Regional Lead:

Ballarat Health Services 1 Drummond Street North, Ballarat Victoria 3350

P (03) 5320 4000

www.bhs.org.au 

Program Contacts

Ballarat Health Services is a regional partner in the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Initiative.

 

Staff Include:

Simone Meade: Regional Manager
Donna Hart: Administrative Support Officer

Dee Honeychruch: Program Support Officer 
Peter Cranage: Training and Workforce Development Officer

 

For further information contact shrfvi@bhs.org.au 

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ABOUT US

Ballarat Health Services has responsibility to support six additional health services in the implementation of the initiative.

These health services include:
Ballan District Health & Care

Beaufort Skipton Health Service

East Grampians Health Service

Hepburn Health Service

Maryborough District Health Service

Stawell Regional Health

What is Family

Violence?

Family violence is any behaviour that controls or dominates a family member and causes them to fear for their own or other family member's safety or wellbeing. This includes any behaviour that causes a child to hear, witness or otherwise be exposed to the effects of that behaviour. 

 

It can be:

Physical

Sexual

Psychological

Emotional

Economic

In Victoria, the meaning of family violence is set out in the Family Violence Protection Act 2008.

 

Who experiences family violence?

Anyone can experience family violence. It occurs across all ages, socioeconomic and demographic groups but mainly affects women and children. 

 

In Australia, one woman is murdered by her current or former partner each week. One in six women and one in sixteen men have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 15.

 

Whilst In Victoria, there were 76,000 reports of family violence to police in the 2016-17 financial year; 1934 incidents in the Ballarat area alone.