Family violence: an illustrated guide to the terminology

Debbi Long, Serena Lee and Jan Y Coles
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00227
Published online: 18 September 2017

Recent reports from the World Health Organization1 and from Australian agencies2,3 emphasise the urgency of improving health service response to family violence. Understanding the victim and survivor experience and perpetrator patterns is essential to improving health practitioners’ capacities for recognising and responding appropriately to family violence.1,3

  • Debbi Long
  • Serena Lee
  • Jan Y Coles

  • Monash University, Melbourne, VIC



We thank Riana Samuel for her contribution to this letter.

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No relevant disclosures.


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