Health Webinar | Reform of the mental health system to address intimate partner violence

27 Jun 2022 9:30 AM

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Schedule : Jun 27th 2022 Time: 9:30 am IST

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Health professionals have marginalised the issue of domestic or intimate partner violence with many survivors being retraumatised when interacting with mental health services says a new report from the Lancet Psychiatry Commission. The design and settings of mental health services concentrated too much on symptoms rather than establishing what happened to women and how they can be best supported, said the Commission. Trauma and violence informed care would help to provide more targeted responses so that we are not asking patients ‘What is wrong with you?’ but ‘What has happened to you?’

“As one survivor advocate says: ‘I wish mental health practitioners would stop judging us as ‘survivors’ and see us for how strong and resilient and courageous we are. I fought the hardest to protect myself and my family from being murdered, and I should be seen as a hero for that—not pathologised by a mental health system that sees me as a problem and a victim.’”

Facilitator: Kelsey Hegarty

Panel: Laura Tarzia, Sally Marsden, anonymous WEAVER survivor advocate.

Laura Tarzia leads a program of research at the University of Melbourne on sexual violence and has interviewed women about their experiences with mental health settings in Victoria.

Sally Marsden has undertaken her phd at the University of Melbourne interviewing women about their experiences and expectations of private psychologists in the context of domestic violence

WEAVER survivor advocate is anonymous for safety reasons, she brings her lived experience of family violence and strong advocacy experience to this panel. WEAVERs are a group of survivor advocates who work at the University of Melbourne as lived experience researchers.