Across the divide: using research to enhance collaboration between mental health and domestic violence services                

 

Author(s)Laing, Lesley, Jude Irwin and Cherie Tolvonen
Title Across the divide: using research to enhance collaboration between mental health and domestic violence services
Source Australian Social Work, 2012, Vol. 65, No. 1, pp 120-135
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage New South Wales
Summary This article examines the effectiveness of collaboration between domestic violence workers and mental health workers in an action research project developed in a multicultural area in Sydney. Semi-structured interviews explored the participants' experiences of the action research process, their views on the facilitators of collaboration and on the outcomes of collaborative practices for clients. All participants agreed that the action research project had resulted in enhanced collaboration across the domestic violence and mental health sectors. Some of the factors that led to this success were the commitment and shared sense of purpose of the workers and the importance of building personal relationships. Participants identified a need to tackle differences in power, such as size and status, between participating agencies to enable a successful collaboration. From the collaboration the participants saw increased access to services for their clients and the sharing of knowledge from two perspectives.
Keywords Domestic violence; collaboration; mental health; women; social work research
Topic

Service Delivery, Domestic Violence