1800RESPECT Sur­vey Results

As 1800RESPECT steps up its sup­port to help front­line work­ers deal with sex­u­al and domes­tic assault, a new sur­vey reveals that Aus­tralian nurs­es would like more sup­port in respond­ing to clients who may be expe­ri­enc­ing violence.

The 1800RESPECT sur­vey of nurs­es also reveals:

  • 56 per cent sus­pect a client may be expe­ri­enc­ing sex­u­al or domes­tic violence
  • 63 per cent have had clients that have made vol­un­tary a dis­clo­sure of domes­tic vio­lence or sex­u­al assault.
  • While 88 per cent say they feel they would be able to man­age a client dis­clo­sure, almost all of them want more sup­port respond­ing to clients who are expe­ri­enc­ing sex­u­al assault or domes­tic violence

Ms Jane French from 1800RESPECT said the front­line work­ers web­site pro­vides infor­ma­tion for nurs­es and oth­er pro­fes­sion­als to recog­nise poten­tial signs of sex­u­al and domes­tic vio­lence, pro­vides guide­lines on how to respond, and gives infor­ma­tion and ideas about how best to help clients who may be at risk.

At 1800RESPECT we are sup­port­ing all nurs­es, with a focus on emer­gency depart­ment and pre-natal nurs­es in rur­al and region­al Aus­tralia, who may work with patients at risk of harm as a result of domes­tic or sex­u­al vio­lence. The web­site sup­ports nurs­es and oth­er pro­fes­sion­als in screen­ing for fam­i­ly or sex­u­al vio­lence, to devel­op safe­ty plans and to sup­port patients in access­ing spe­cialised sup­port from fam­i­ly or sex­u­al vio­lence experts.”

Ms French said Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics research shows more than 40 per cent of Aus­tralian women have expe­ri­enced some form of vio­lence since they were 15 years of age and that young peo­ple between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most like­ly group to have expe­ri­enced some form of vio­lence in the last year. 

These con­cern­ing sta­tis­tics high­light how impor­tant it is to pro­vide a vis­i­ble and acces­si­ble access point for peo­ple affect­ed by vio­lence. Hav­ing an acces­si­ble on line resource to turn to like 1800 RESPECT can pro­vide work­ers with the tools they need to act.”

Peo­ple affect­ed by vio­lence may reach out for assis­tance or help from peo­ple work­ing across a range of sec­tors so it is imper­a­tive that we equip front­line work­ers across the health and human ser­vices sec­tors with the skills to assist. I encour­age front­line work­ers to vis­it the 1800RESPECT web­site and famil­iarise your­self with the array of resources available.”

The web­site has been pre­pared by experts to help work­ers to recog­nise signs of sex­u­al or domes­tic vio­lence and respond appro­pri­ate­ly. It has ded­i­cat­ed pages for spe­cif­ic work sec­tors, mak­ing it quick and easy to find infor­ma­tion, advice, train­ing and sup­port. Work­ers can also refer clients to the web­site for infor­ma­tion, and there’s a ded­i­cat­ed sec­tion for their fam­i­ly and friends too.

1800RESPECT pro­vides free, 24-hour sup­port acces­si­ble for all Aus­tralians including:

  • How to recog­nise the signs of a per­son who is expe­ri­enc­ing domes­tic and sex­u­al violence.
  • How to open a space for a client to talk about their experiences.
  • How to respond to a disclosure.
  • How to ensure the client gets the pro­fes­sion­al help and sup­port they need to take the next steps.

While it’s okay not to have all the answers, it’s impor­tant to know where to find help and sup­port because, cru­cial­ly, respond­ing is everyone’s busi­ness,” Ms French said.

Nurs­es and oth­er front­line work­ers can access free webi­na­rs from 1800RESPECT. On Thurs­day 24th July Anne-Lau­re Senior Clin­i­cal Spe­cial­ist, Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Post trau­mat­ic Men­tal Health will present a webi­nar on Vic­ar­i­ous Trauma.

Access the 1800RESPECT web­site for infor­ma­tion and online coun­selling.

Respond­ing is every­one’s business.