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In a Queensland first, Logan Hospital has become the launch site for a Health Justice Partnership which supports women experiencing domestic and family violence.
The $15 million funding over three years from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department is part of a Women’s Safety Package that places a solicitor from the Women’s Legal Service within Logan Hospital to provide free legal advice to patients about family law, domestic violence and child protection.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of death, disability and illness of Australian women aged 15-44 and health services are ideal settings for routine enquiry and early intervention. Health care clinicians see on average at least one abused woman each week, although the symptoms and signs may not be obvious. By intervening early, the Logan Health Justice Partnership is creating safer futures for Logan women and their children affected by domestic and family violence.
The Health Justice Partnership solicitor, Emergency Department clinicians, social workers and staff throughout Logan Hospital will be working to identify women who need assistance with domestic violence and ensuring they receive the referrals they need to get help.