Almost half of female healthcare workers have experienced domestic violence

A landmark study, conducted by Elizabeth McLindon from the University of Melbourne, has revealed 45 per cent of female healthcare workers – from allied health to nurses and doctors – have experienced domestic violence.

One in nine, by a partner, over the past 12 months.

It’s a huge surprise and it’s concerning, these are people at the forefront of responding to family violence in our community.”

Victorian Health Workers Union secretary, Diana Asmar, said the impacts of domestic violence could affect not only a victim’s personal life but their work prospects too.

She wants provisions, like 20 days of domestic violence leave, available to staff across the country.


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