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Record ID: 255d0705-d020-4e11-95a3-133ccae025a4
Type: Journal Article
Title: Domestic violence screening in a Public Mental Health Service: A qualitative examination of mental health clinician responses to DFV
Authors: Branjerdporn, Grace
Carrasco, Angel
Tighe, Kym
Gillespie, Kerri
Baird, Kathleen
Keywords: Health practitioners;Mental health
ANRA Topic: Health, primary care and specialist service responses
ANRA Population: Populations: Other
Year: 2022
Publisher: Wiley Online Library
Abstract:  Abstract Introduction Domestic violence is particularly prevalent within mental health client groups, though screening for domestic violence within mental health services is often overlooked. Aim To investigate the experiences and opinions of domestic violence screening by mental health clinicians in a publicly funded hospital and health service. Methods Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twelve clinicians working in publicly funded mental health services in Queensland, Australia. Transcripts were thematically analysed. Results Four main themes emerged from the data: staff training and experience; prioritising domestic violence screening; attitudes to domestic violence; and victim support. Participants discussed a lack of training for, or expectations of, domestic violence screening in mental health services. They also highlighted a lack of resources enabling them to appropriately respond when domestic violence was identified. Discussion Education, attitudes, and resources relating to domestic violence are major factors that should be addressed for the successful screening and treatment of clients in mental health. Implications for Practice This paper informs services of the gaps in knowledge and care around domestic violence and mental health. A less medicalised approach to the treatment of mental health should be adopted, and domestic violence training introduced for all health care practitioners, to improve client outcomes.
ISSN: 1351-0126
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