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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.

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

Regional Lead:

Ballarat Health Services 1 Drummond Street North, Ballarat Victoria 3350

P (03) 5320 4000 

Program Contacts

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


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What is Family


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:






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 82, 652 reports of family violence to police in the 2018-19 financial year; 1781 incidents in the Ballarat area alone.