SHRFV Resource Centre
Welcome to the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Resource Centre
Family violence is patterned, repeated behaviour intended to assert power and control over the victim. Research shows that family violence is a deeply gendered issue that affects people across the life span - disproportionately women and their children. Family violence is a serious health issue that has a profound impact on the psychological and physical well-being of those affected.
The health sector is a critical entry point for identifying people affected by family violence, providing medical care and a pathway to specialist support and assistance. Indeed, for many people, a visit to a health professional is the first, and sometimes only, step enabling them to access support and care. Therefore, strengthening the capacity of health care professionals to identify and support people across the life span is crucial to the prevention of and response 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. A range of evidence-informed resources and tools have also been developed to support Victorian public hospitals to implement the SHRFV model.
The critical importance of this work is in response to recommendation 95 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence (The Commission) which called for a whole-of-hospital approach when responding to family violence drawing on evaluated approaches.
Subsequent editions of the SHRFV Toolkit have been developed based on feedback and input received from participating hospitals and other organisations.
In response to recommendation 1 of The Commission the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) was established in law under a new Part 11 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008. The MARAM Framework is best practice for family violence risk assessment and management, based on current evidence and research. It aims to establish a system-wide shared understanding of family violence and collective responsibility for risk assessment and management. The first phase of organisations became prescribed in September 2018, including state funded Sexual Assault Services, Alcohol and Other Drug Services and designated Mental Health Services. Additional organisations will become prescribed in the first half of 2021, including hospitals (subject to ministerial approval).
The 5th Edition of the SHRFV Toolkit is designed to enhance work underway as part of SHRFV and focus on supporting hospitals and health services to align to the MARAM Framework.
If you have any questions about the SHRFV Approach or the SHRFV Toolkit, please contact the SHRFV Project team directly. Or if you have a question that might be of relevance to the broader audience please utilise the relevant Community of Practice on Basecamp.
About the SHRFV Resources
Please note the resources outlined below reflect all resources in the 5th Edition of the SHRFV Toolkit. Some of these resources are currently under development or review and are not yet available.
Select the titles below to download SHRFV resources.
The MARAM Alignment Resources are designed to support hospitals and health services to align to the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM).
The following resources have been developed:
- MARAM alignment for hospitals and health services - Provides an overview of MARAM alignment requirements and outlines a process to assist hospitals and health services to develop a MARAM Alignment Action Plan.
- Supporting Resource A: Workforce Mapping for MARAM Alignment – Proposes a methodology for mapping hospital and health services’ workforce against the 10 MARAM responsibilities.
- Supporting Resource B: MARAM Consultation Questions – Sample list of questions to gather information to inform the development of the Alignment Action Plan and Workforce Mapping document.
- Supporting Resource C: Resource Audit Tool – Designed to assist hospitals and health services to undertake a systematic audit of established policies, procedures, guidelines and practice guides against the MARAM alignment requirements.
- Supporting Resource D: Organisation Audit Tool – Designed to assist hospitals and health services to undertake a systematic audit of internal activities, structures and systems against the alignment requirements of MARAM.
- Supporting Resource E: Facilitating Collaborative Practice – Designed to assist hospitals and health services to look at where they need to establish or strengthen partnerships between departments and with external agencies and associated processes to ensure the MARAM responsibilities can be met by their workforce.
- Supporting Resource F: MARAM Alignment Action Plan template – Provides a MARAM Alignment Action Plan blank template that hospitals and health services can use.
- Supporting Resource G: Briefing Paper – Example content in a briefing paper for hospital and health services’ executive leaders that can accompany the final MARAM Alignment Action Plan and Workforce Mapping for MARAM Alignment documents.
The SHRFV Project Overview provides a summary of the SHRFV Approach for hospital executives, senior management or any interested member of the community wanting to learn more about the SHRFV initiative.
The SHRFV Project Management Guide comprehensively outlines the SHRFV Approach and includes project actions to support each element of the model. It is not prescriptive and can be adapted to suit any particular environment. If you have been employed as a SHRFV/Family Violence Project Manager and/or tasked with improving your hospital's family violence response, you should begin by reading this guide.
The SHRFV Project Management Tools are designed to support SHRFV project implementation as suggested in the Project Management Guide.
The SHRFV Training Manual resource has been developed to support the facilitation of the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) training modules released with the fifth edition of the SHRFV Toolkit (2020).
The SHRFV Training Materials have been developed for facilitators tasked with building the awareness, capacity and capability of hospital staff. These training resources have all undergone review and endorsement with Family Safety Victoria to ensure they align with the practice expectations for non-clinical and clinical staff under MARAM and are consistent with the Workforce Mapping for MARAM Alignment resource that is also part of the 5th edition SHRFV toolkit.
The SHRFV Family Violence Workplace Support Program Overview resource has been developed to support the facilitation of the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) Workplace Support training modules, updated in 2020.
These materials have been developed following extensive consultation with leading family violence experts and women who have experienced family violence. They include posters to promote the hospital as a safe place for women to discuss family violence, posters for staff to prompt them to ask about family violence, and other resources such as palm cards and buttons. Hospitals can add their corporate logos to the materials. These materials should only be displayed once the SHRFV training has been delivered.
Downloads and Related Topics
- SHRFV - MARAM Alignment resources
- SHRFV Training Materials
- SHRFV Training Handouts
- Family Violence Workplace Support Program Resources
- SHRFV Communications Materials