Screening for Domestic Violence in Emergency Departments

November 8, 2018

The upcoming 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held at QT, Gold Coast next month over 3 and 4 December with optional workshops on 5 December. 

Joining us at the conference is Ms Ellie Saberi, Women’s and Child Health Program Coordinator with the Northern NSW Local Health District who will present on ‘Screening for Domestic Violence in Emergency Departments’.


This project came about as a result of the convergence of three elements. Firstly, screening for domestic violence in emergency departments (EDs) was one of the interventions identified in an evidence review commissioned by the NSW Ministry of Health on the best practice evidence for health service response to domestic violence. Secondly, a rural emergency department approached the Ministry of Health with a proposal that its pilot ED screening, based on concerns about the many women experiencing domestic violence who were not being identified. Also, the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review recommended that NSW Health coordinate the development and implementation of a domestic violence identification referral strategy for NSW hospital EDs. The NSW Ministry of Health evaluated the feasibility of domestic violence screening and response in emergency departments. Nursing staff used a modified version of the HITS screening tool. This study found strong support by health staff in participating EDs for improving identification and response to domestic violence and highlighted the need to address resourcing and training issues to be sustainable.


Ellie Saberi is the Women’s and Child Health Program Coordinator at the Northern NSW Local Health District (LHD). Ellie is the strategic lead for the LHD in the areas of women’s health, child and youth health and domestic and family violence. Ellie was the Northern NSW Principle Researcher as part of a statewide research team investigating domestic violence screening in Emergency Departments. Ellie works closely with key partners within and external to the health service to advance learning and work in the area of domestic and family violence and thrives on partnerships in this important area of work.

For further information and to book tickets for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit


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