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Violence against women is a global public health and human rights issue with one in three women experiencing physical and sexual violence by an intimate partner in their life time. SHQ believes that everyone has the right to enjoy healthy intimate relationships, be treated with respect and make decisions about their body.  

Safe to Tell  is an innovative new program within SHQ which aims to increase the capacity of health workers in Western Australia to identify and support women with experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion and Abuse.  You can find more information on the project below.  

Police 000 or 106 (TTY) 

1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) 
National domestic, family and sexual violence counselling, information and support service.  

Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline (24/7) 9223 1188 or free call 1800 007 339 

SARC (for recent sexual assault) (24/7)
6458 1828 or free call 1800 199 888

Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MERHL) (for suicide risk mental health assessment)
1300 555 788

Social admission to hospital if needed. 

Intimate Partner Violence is any behaviour by someone in an intimate relationship that causes physical, sexual or psychological harm to those in the relationship. This includes current or past marriages, domestic partnerships or dating relationships. These can include (but not limited to): 

  • Acts of physical violence, such as slapping, hitting and beating 
  • Sexual violence, including forced sexual intercourse and other forms of sexual coercion. 
  • Emotional (psychological) abuse, such as insults, belittling, constant humiliation, intimidation, threats of harm and threats to take away children. 

You can read more about Intimate Partner Violence here

Reproductive Coercion and Abuse is a form of Intimate Partner Violence and refers to a range of behaviours that interfere with the autonomy of a person to make decisions about their reproductive health. Reproductive Coercion and Abuse is believed to encompass the following three types of behaviour: 

  • Contraception sabotage (with the intention to cause pregnancy) 
  • Pregnancy pressure or coercion (pressure to become pregnant) 
  • Controlling the outcome of a pregnancy (pressure to terminate a wanted pregnancy or continue an unwanted pregnancy). 

You can read more about Reproductive Coercion and Abuse here

Resources

I’m in an intimate relationship – Is it healthy?

Download the PDF brochure

Healthy Relationships Look Like Poster

Download the PDF posterOrder physical copies

 

Resources for Clinicians

Please note: To access these resources you must have completed the Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion and Abuse eLearning (Part 1).

These multilingual video resources developed by Sexual Health Quarters and Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services can help identify the signs of intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion and abuse.

Click here to view all videos

Safe to Tell Project

SHQ blog post


Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion and Abuse Education and Training Available at Sexual Health Quarters

SHQ blog post


Experience of introducing screening for intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion in an urban sexual health clinic.

Galrao, M., Creagh, A., Douglas, R., Smith, S. and Brooker, C. (2022), Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 46: 889-895. https://doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.13301

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Clinicians can follow the link to register for Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion and Abuse eLearning.

Everyone has the right to enjoy healthy intimate relationships that are respectful and safe. Sexual Health Quarters is providing free healthy relationships posters for healthcare providers to display in high traffic areas to support clients with experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion and Abuse.

Please note: we are currently only providing these resources to healthcare providers in Western Australia.

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The project was developed in consultation with experts and consumers, with implementation being conducted in partnership with South Coastal Health and Community Services and Womens Health & Family Services. We also partnered with Curtin University to conduct research surrounding healthcare workers’ capacity to support those with experiences of intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion and abuse. Click here to read more about this research.

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