Exploring Australian psychiatrists' and psychiatric trainees' knowledge, attitudes and preparedness in responding to adults experiencing domestic violence

Australas Psychiatry. 2019 Feb;27(1):64-68. doi: 10.1177/1039856218789778. Epub 2018 Jul 26.


Objective:: Examine knowledge, opinions and practices of psychiatrists and trainees in responding to domestic violence (DV).

Method:: Online survey including two sub-scales from PREMIS (Physician Readiness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Survey): knowledge (10 items) and preparedness (10 items).

Results:: Of psychiatrists completing the survey (216), 47% had received less than 2 hours of training in DV. PREMIS findings showed moderate knowledge of, and preparedness to deal with, DV. Participants with more clinical experience had significantly more knowledge and preparedness to deal with DV.

Conclusions:: Findings suggest more training in DV for psychiatrists is needed.

Keywords: domestic violence; mental health; survey.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Australia
  • Domestic Violence*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physicians / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychiatry / education
  • Psychiatry / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires