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Giallo R, Fogarty A, Savopoulos P, Cox A, Toone E, Williams K, Jones A, Treyvaud K. Health Soc. Care Community 2021; ePub(ePub): ePub.


(Copyright © 2021, John Wiley and Sons)






Family violence (FV) affects one in four families. While the evidence regarding therapeutic interventions for children and families who experience FV is expanding, little research has been conducted about clinicians' experiences of implementation. The current study aimed to capture the voices of clinicians delivering a brief dyadic intervention for women and their children after FV exposure. The Brief Relational Intervention and Screening (BRISC) is an evidence-informed intervention designed by Berry Street (Australia) for mothers and children with recent experiences of FV. Consisting of four sessions, BRISC was implemented across one regional and one metropolitan site. Thirteen BRISC clinicians participated in semi-structured interviews individually or in a focus group. Thematic analysis of transcripts was conducted using NVivo. Clinicians considered key strengths of BRISC to be related to the intervention principles, including the hopeful and relationship-focused approach, the intervention implementation such as the timing, structure and flexibility, as well as the systems and processes in place, such as intake and triage, supervision structure and their team environment. Challenges described by clinicians included aspects of delivery such as limited referral options and safety concerns, the nature of the program including the mechanics of delivery and specific role challenges such as vicarious trauma. Clinicians also shared suggestions for improvements for delivery, supervision and training. This study emphasises the importance of clinician perspectives when identifying factors that can promote the successful implementation of innovative interventions in real-world community settings.

Language: en


children; family violence; domestic violence; brief interventions; clinicians; implementation; workforce


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