What can psychiatrists do to better support victims of family violence?

Author(s) O'Connor Manjula, Joanne Cox and David J Castle
Title What can psychiatrists do to better support victims of family violence?
Source Australasian Psychiatry, Feb 2015, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 59-62
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary This article discusses the extensive issues that are involved in psychiatrists addressing family violence and suggests that early identification and effective and empathetic communication are important from the start. The mental health needs of both the victim and the perpetrator should also be assessed at the early intervention stage. Following the identification of family violence a quick, co-ordinated response is needed. The authors mention specific treatments that may assist such as supportive therapy and self-empowerment techniques. In conclusion the authors recommend that psychiatry be included in the dialogue between the Australian Government and domestic violence service providers and advocates.
Keywords Family violence; barriers; psychiatry; women; early intervention; treatment; therapy
Topic Domestic Violence