Tackling partner violence in families

Angela J Taft, Kelsey L Hegarty and Gene S Feder
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00686.x
Published online: 20 November 2006

New guidelines extend opportunities for GPs to respond

In July 2006, new international consensus clinical guidelines — Management of the whole family when intimate partner violence is present: guidelines for primary care physicians — were launched simultaneously in Melbourne by the Victorian Community Council on Crime and Violence and at the General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference in Perth (Box).1

  • Angela J Taft1
  • Kelsey L Hegarty2
  • Gene S Feder3

  • 1 Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Primary Care Research and Development, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK.



The Victorian Community Council on Crime and Violence (Victorian Department of Justice) provided financial assistance to undertake a systematic review, and funded the design and publication of the guidelines. We gratefully acknowledge their assistance, and that of the following collaborators:

Dr Lorraine Ferris, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada.

Dr Kevin Hamberger, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA.

Dr Elizabeth Hindmarsh, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ National Standing Committee on Quality Care, Sydney, NSW.

Dr Harriet McMillan, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and Paediatrics, McMaster University, Canada.

Dr Judy Shakespeare, General Practitioner and Research Associate, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Health Sciences, Oxford, UK.

Dr Carole Warshaw, Associate Professor of Medicine, Rush University, and Director of the Domestic Violence and Mental Health Policy Initiative, Chicago, USA.

Dr Sylvie Lo Fo Wong, GP/Researcher, Department of General Practice, Family Medicine/Women’s Studies, University Medical Centre, St Radboud Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Dr Mary Zachary, formerly family practice physician and Assistant Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Bronx, NY, USA.

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