Aboriginal Domestic Family Violence Linker

Nepean Blue Mountains PHN has commissioned three agencies to deliver the Recognise, Respond, Refer (RRR) program.

NCNS is working with Relationships Australia and DV West to deliver the pilot RRR program across the region.

This innovative program works with doctors and General Practice staff, providing training and support so that they can better identify and respond to domestic and family violence.

GP’s can refer patients to the DFV Linkers, who will be a confidential support to the patient, assisting them to stay safe and better navigate the service system.

To refer a client or patient or yourself – either call Kelli-Lee directly, or complete this referral form……

The NCNS DV Linker is an Aboriginal identified role. This role is able to accept self-referrals, and service- or community-led Aboriginal referrals. The client will be linked to a GP while the DV Linker is working alongside them.

The NCNS DV Linker can provide COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND CLIENTS with:

  • Initial support and advice
  • Information/referral to support services (housing, counselling, financial management)
  • Advice on next steps (Securing an AVO, safety and security)
  • Undertake risk assessment and safety planning
  • Information or referral to behaviour change programs

The DV Linker can work with GP PRACTICES  (by phone, face-to-face, or remotely) with DFV-related support including:

  • Information on best steps to manage patients affected by DFV
  • Referring a patient to the DV Linker for support (patients can include those who have made a disclosure of living with DFV, or may include a patient who is perpetrating DFV and seeking behaviour change)
  • Information sessions on the role of general practice in responding to DFV
  • Training workshops including de-identified cases/scenarios with best practice outcomes
  • Information sessions on how to undertake risk assessments and safety planning.

DV West’s DV Linker will support GP Practices and patients in Lithgow and Blue Mountains.

Relationship Australia’s DV Linker will cover the Hawkesbury and Penrith area GP’s and clients.

NCNS’s DV Linker will work with Aboriginal clients referred from the entire region. When there is capacity, she may also take non-Aboriginal referrals from GP’s and clients in the Penrith and Hawkesbury areas

NCNS DV Linker is Kelli-Lee. She is a proud Murri woman from the Gureng Gureng nation, respectfully living and working on Darug country. She is a qualified Aboriginal Health Practitioner and has qualifications in mental health and alcohol and other drugs. Having worked for many years in the Closing the Gap program, she is well known in the community and experienced working confidentially with client’s complex issues. Kelli-Lee is a strong advocate in her community, and motivated to increase awareness of DFV to keep Aboriginal families together and safe. Kelli-Lee can be contacted:

P: 0437 911 672

E: kellilee@nepeancommunity.org.au

 

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