“She said”: A Clinician’s Experience of Domestic and Family Violence

November 15, 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 Kym Tighe, Domestic and Family Violence Coordinator with the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service who will present on ‘”She said”: A Clinician’s Experience of Domestic and Family Violence’.


The Gold Coast Hospital and Health service (GCHHS) purpose is to provide excellence in sustainable and evidenced based healthcare to meet the needs of the community. Our 9000-strong staff provide service to a community of over 500,000 people. One of the most important needs of our community members, is the need to feel safe and free from violence and to receive best practice treatment for the physical and psychosocial outcomes of such experiences. The GCHHS plays an integral part of the Integrated Response Team working collaboratively with the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre, Gold Coast Domestic Violence Police Taskforce and other Government and community partnerships to enhance their response to domestic and family violence.

Social Workers, Midwives, Doctors and Nurses are at the forefront of working with women, children and men who present to a hospital/health facility because of domestic and family violence. Compassion, education, sensitive enquiry and an understanding of the dynamics of domestic and family violence are all fundamental factors in determining how we work with victims/survivors many of whom present to the Emergency Department at a time of trauma or crisis.

“She said” explores the experiences of these practitioners in their daily work and forms a narrative of life from the perspective of the Health Service staff who work with women, children and men every day. This is an acknowledgement to those staff who are there when needed, who listen and ask the questions, who accept where ‘she is’ and walk alongside her.

“She said” is a presentation taken from brief interviews with staff from the Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital. Following the establishment of an Advanced Social Worker position (Domestic and Family Violence Coordinator) commencing in January 2017, this presentation focuses on workforce resilience in this challenging area of work.


Kym Tighe is an Advanced Social Worker employed by the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service as the Domestic and Family Violence Coordinator. Kym has completed a Bachelor of Social Work and a Management Certificate Program in Industrial Relations. Kym has been a member of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Integrated Response Team for 9 years. In 2015 she was awarded Gold Coast Allied Health Worker of the Year for her work in Domestic and Family Violence and in 2016 received a Domestic Violence Prevention Month Award. Kym was a presenter at the National Stop DFV Conference in Melbourne 2017.

For further information and to book tickets for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit www.stopdomesticviolence.com.au


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