Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) Tool Kit

Identifying and responding to family violence experienced by patients

A suite of resources to help hospitals across Victoria further strengthen their responses to family violence.


In 2014 and 2015 the Victorian Government funded the Royal Women's Hospital (the Women's) and Bendigo Health to develop and implement a framework for embedding the practice of identifying and responding to family violence experienced by patients.

The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) model was developed to provide a system-wide approach which is now being applied by hospitals across Victoria. Based on international best practice, the model has two overarching principles and five key implementation elements for a staged approach that is applicable to any Victorian health setting committed to improving its response to family violence.

The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Toolkit 5th Edition is currently in development and is designed to enhance work underway as part of SHRFV and focus on supporting hospitals and health services to align to the Victorian Governments Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework. The SHRFV toolkit is available for free download.


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