New guideline helps paramedics recognise and respond to Intimate Partner Violence

Evidence presented at the world’s largest paramedic conference in Nashville recently revealed that only one in three paramedics were adequately trained to respond to domestic violence situations.

Dr Simon Sawyer, from the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, explained that equipping paramedics with the knowledge and resources to recognise and respond to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), is imperative for frontline health care workers around the world.

At a time when one woman dies in Australia each week at the hands of a current or previous partner, it’s research that is especially timely.

“As part of this educational response I have created the world's first guideline for paramedics to recognise and respond to IPV. This guideline can be easily modified for use anywhere in the world, and will allow paramedics to more effectively recognise the signs of violence and talk to patients about IPV, including connecting them with care and support,” Simon said.