Have you or someone you know experienced gender violence in a mental health unit as a female patient?

  • Project dates: 2018

RMIT University has been funded by ANROWS (Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited) to explore and document women’s experiences of gender-based violence occurring in inpatient mental health units to inform how policy and practice can be improved to make these environments safe for women. Women’s experiences will form the basis of policy guidelines that will be developed and disseminated that set out best practice for providing safety for women and will contribute to effective service responses.

The project will be co-ordinated by RMIT University in partnership with the Mental Health Legal Centre (MHLC), NorthWestern Mental Health (NWMH), Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), and Charles Sturt University (CSU). This project is unique because it will use the suggestions made by women who have experienced gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units to provide the foundation for developing policy guidelines. The guidelines will be developed in collaboration with mental health professionals who work in inpatient mental health units. Consumers will be involved throughout the project including through the project advisory group.

The project has three stages:

  • Data collection consisting of interviews with 30 women who have experienced gender-based violence (including sexual assault) as a result of inpatient mental health stays
  • Development of policy guidelines through a series of workshops with mental health workers where the findings from the data will be presented
  • Dissemination and implementation of the policy guidelines.

Take part in the first stage of our project here.

Key People

Researchers

Dr Juliet Watson

Dr Juliet Watson

Lecturer

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Dr Chris Maylea

Dr Chris Maylea

Lecturer

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Associate Professor Suellen Murray

Associate Professor Suellen Murray

Deputy Dean

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Research Team

  • Associate Professor Russell Roberts (Charles Sturt University)

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