If you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, you can get help.
NSW Health is committed to reducing the prevalence and health impact of domestic and family violence. It affects the physical, psychological, and social health of many women and children in New South Wales.
Globally, 30% of women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their partner. See the World Health Organization's report: Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence.
NSW Health currently provides a response to domestic and family violence through the Domestic Violence Routine Screening (DVRS) program, Social Work services, Emergency Departments, specialist Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol services, Aboriginal Family Health services and one specialist Domestic Violence Service.
The NSW Health publication Policy and Procedures for identifying and responding to domestic violence outlines the characteristics and consequences of domestic and family violence and identifies the role of NSW Health generally and local health districts specifically, in recognising and responding to domestic violence. Please see related NSW Health Policy: Domestic Violence – Identifying and responding (PD2006_084).