Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: Information for General Practitioners
Did You Know? Women who experience intimate partner sexual violence are more likely to disclose and seek help from their GP than any other professional group. How GPs respond to IPSV may have significant health and legal outcomes for patients.
Asking about IPSV in the Absence of Disclosure
In asking patients about experiences of sexual violence, it is important to:
Responding to Disclosures of IPSV
The Law and IPSV
Sexual assault is a crime in Australia. IPSV is also recognised as a form of domestic violence in Queensland under the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012.
The Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre (BRISSC) is a free and confidential feminist service for women survivors of sexual violence and their supporters. We welcome women from diverse cultural backgrounds and provide interpreting services.
Referral to Support Services
If you have further questions about responding to sexual assault please contact a referral service or refer to the Queensland Government Interagency Guidelines for Responding to People who have Experienced Sexual Assault.
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