16 days to sharpen our focus on family violence

Family violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness for women aged 15-44, so we need to keep talking about it.

An event at Monash Medical Centre on the International Day for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (Monday 25 November) will kick off 16 days of activity to help draw our attention to the role of the health service in supporting those who are experiencing, or have experienced, family violence.

Geraldine Bilston, as she appeared on ABC TV’s ‘You Can’t Ask That’

Join us for a screening of the Domestic and Family Violence episode of ABC-TV’s program ‘You Can’t Ask That’ and a panel discussion hosted by ABC Radio’s Lisa Pellegrino and featuring survivor advocate, Geraldine Bilston (pictured).

Geraldine, who appeared on the TV program, lives locally and will share her experiences of family violence so we can better understand the issues. Geraldine is now a family violence advocate for Safe Steps.

Hear the stories and consider the implications of family violence in your role.

They will be joined by Monash Health’s:

Glenda Bawden – Principal Strategic Advisor, Family Violence. Leading the work to implement the state-wide model for Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family violence across our health service. With 30 years’ experience working at Monash Health, Glenda is the former head of social work, current escalation point for complex family violence issues and leading Monash Health’s family violence project.  This is to ensure that employees can effectively identify and respond to family violence.

George Habib – Deputy Director Psychology at Monash Health, Board member at Victoria Legal Aid and Adjunct Lecturer in Psychiatry at Monash University. Over the past 25 years George has worked in forensic settings, child protection, the non-government sector, sexual assault services and mental health services. The Mental Health program’s Recovery from Trauma clinic which George works within is a finalist in this year’s Victorian Healthcare awards.

Monash Medical Centre employees (or those working at Clayton on the day) are encouraged to attend the special screening and panel discussion on family violence in Lecture Theatre 1 from 1pm, as we explore how the issues impact our roles.

Dandenong Hospital Staff are encouraged to attend via video conference at Dandenong Hospital Boardroom.

Other site options are being explored.

To download the event poster click here


Send in your family violence questions for the intranet

Employees are also encouraged to ask your questions of the family violence team via email or by using the special boxes outside Lecture Theatre 1 on the day.

After the event, send your questions about family violence to familyviolenceeducation@monashhealth.org

This will help build a repository of question and answer material online which may also help your colleagues.

The International Day for the Prevention of Violence Against Women is the official start for the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, which is marked world-wide and runs through until Human Rights Day on December 10.

During the 16 days you will see some of your work colleagues feature in an online campaign ‘You can ask about family violence’ encouraging you to find out more about the impacts, the issues and how we can refer and support our patients and our colleagues.


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