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Family Violence Psychiatry Network

The Family Violence Psychiatry Network, established by the RANZCP Board in 2018 assists to create awareness amongst psychiatrists and trainees of the mental health aspects of family violence in Australia and New Zealand.

Aims of the Network

The Network undertakes to:

  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge bi-nationally.
  • Promote and encourage the highest clinical and ethical standards in the delivery of mental health services relevant to family violence.
  • Promote and facilitate research relevant to family violence and mental health.
  • Promote further education of psychiatrists and trainees in relation to family violence and mental health.
  • Assist the College in the preparation of position statements and other memoranda relevant to psychiatry and family violence.
  • Identify and promote the role of psychiatrists in the multidisciplinary approach to family violence, and participating in appropriate cross-sector initiatives.
  • Recommend models of care that will improve the quality of service delivered to mental health consumers in the community who experience family violence, including:
    • How psychiatrists and health practitioners can work together to identify and screen people with mental illness in family violence settings
    • Identifying resources and tools that psychiatrists can provide health practitioners to enable them to guide consumers with mental illness in family violence settings through the appropriate clinical pathway e.g. know when to refer the person on to a psychiatrist


Membership of the Network is open to all interested College members, and also to other interested professionals working in the areas of family violence psychiatry.

Non-College members are also eligible to join the Network.

The Family Violence Psychiatry Network Committee supports and provides advice to the Board in furthering the aims of the Network. The Committee can be contacted through

Articles and reports of interest

The prevalance of aquired brain injury among victims and perpetrators of family violence - Brain Injury Australia [PDF; 2.5 MB]