Chapter 16 – Management of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in Primary Health Care


Clinician resources


National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service

1800RESPECT website 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) – National counselling helpline, information and support 24/7

Women’s Legal Service NSW

Its time to talk website – When she talks to you about the violence: A toolkit for GPs in NSW

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice (white book) – this manual offers clinicians’ evidence-based guidance on appropriate identification and response in clinical practice to patients experiencing abuse and violence. It includes useful links to the variations in the legal responsibilities of clinicians across Australia.

NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence – provides training and resources including:

Recovering from adult sexual assault: Navigating the journey booklet When a Man is Raped booklet

Hegarty K, O’Doherty L. Intimate partner violence: Identification and response in general practice. Aust Fam Physician 2011;40(11):852-856. Available at:

Wade D, Howard A, Fletcher S, Cooper J, Forbes D. Early response to psychological trauma: what GPs can do. Aust Fam Physician 2013;42(9):610-614.

Blue Knot Foundation

Trauma-informed Care and Practice framework – provides information for adult survivors of childhood trauma and trauma informed care ... Buy now

Patient resources

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