Where violence is a concern
While Australian research suggests that few index patients report physical or verbal abuse as a result of notifying contacts, where these are possible, alternative strategies to consider include provider referral, health department or specialist contact tracing services. Anonymous notification services are also available via web-based services. See Ways of Notifying Contacts
If violence in a relationship is suspected, try asking “Do you feel safe for us to notify your contacts?” and then explore with the patient the options for contact tracing. This would ensure they are linked in with appropriate supports (e.g. 1800-RESPECT the national counselling service or the local domestic violence or sexual assault service in their local area/state). Consideration also needs to be given on how any test results will be given. This should be discussed with the patient. Seek advice and assistance from specialist contact tracing services.
Health Professional support and resources
With Respect (LGBTIQA+)
Australian Government, Department of Social Services
Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) Crisis Line: 02 6280 0900
New South Wales
Darwin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Shelter 08 8945 2284 (24 hours)
Queensland Government Domestic and family violence
DVConnect: Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 811 811
WWILD: Directory of domestic violence services
What can you do when home is not as safe as it should be?
Engender Equality: Family Violence and domestic violence in Tasmania
Shine - New Zealand specialist domestic violence service provider.
Page last updated April 2021