Domestic Violence: Impact on Mental Health


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Discuss the correlation between family and domestic violence and the impacts this has on mental health, focusing on the nursing considerations, assessments and recognition.

Description: This unit develops students’ knowledge of the physical, mental and biopsychosocial factors that contribute to personal, individual, family and community mental health. It also examines the role of the nurse and the health team in caring for persons who have alterations to their emotional and mental wellbeing across the lifespan. In particular, it will enable the student to develop a holistic and consumer-oriented recovery approach to the provision of nursing care highlighting the therapeutic use of self, including ethical, legal and professional boundaries that influence practice.

On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to:
1. Outline social, developmental and cultural factors that impact on mental health and wellness; (GA4)
2. Discuss major mental health priorities and related strategies, including models of mental health care; (GA4)
3. Reflect critically on the experiences of mental illness from consumer and carer perspectives; (GA4)
4. Assess a person’s mental health status within the contexts of a holistic health assessment and potential underlying pathology; (GA6)
5. Determine appropriate evidence-based nursing interventions and describe medical and allied health interventions for the promotion of mental health, and prevention, early intervention, management of and recovery from common mental illnesses; (GA6)
6. Plan, implement and evaluate safe, holistic, person-centred nursing care taking account of a person’s / family’s mental health status, strengths, risks and resilience; (GA6)
7. Explain strategies for developing and evaluating therapeutic relationships with mental health consumers, carers and significant others across the lifespan; (GA9)
8. Discuss legal and ethical issues pertaining to mental health and mental illness; (GA3)
9. Work effectively in a group to identify and address your learning needs; (GA7)

Topics will include:
Factors impacting on mental health and wellness:

  • Social
  • Developmental
  • Cultural, including Australia’s Indigenous population

Family risk factors:

  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional and physical neglect

Mental health priorities:

  • National and international mental health priorities and strategies
  • State mental health priorities and strategies including Suicide Prevention
  • Mental health workforce priorities

Vulnerable populations:

  • Refugees
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
  • Homeless
  • Forensic
  •  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  •  Elderly

Models of mental health care and care continuum:

  • Medical model
  • Psychodynamic approach
  • Developmental models of self
  • Resilience and recovery model
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Psycho education and cognitive therapies

Experiences of people with mental illness:

  • Discrimination, stereotyping and perpetuation of stigma
  • Factors influencing attitudes
  • Affirmative action
  • Social inclusion

Mental health consumer and carer participation in care and recovery:

  • Consumer’ and carers’ perspectives on mental illness
  • Consumer choice, informed consent and participation in care
  • Spiritual care; sense of wellbeing

Nursing interventions and principles in the care of mentally ill

  • Managing suicide and self-harm
  • Managing physical aggression
  • Managing fear and anxiety
  • Psychosocial intervention

Prevention and early intervention:

  • Risk and preventative factors across the lifespan
  • Risk factors for self-harm
  • Preventive model of care

Mental health promotion:

  • Myths of mental illness
  • Developing self-awareness
  • Public and professional education

Establishing therapeutic relationships with mental health consumers and carers:

  • Self-help, peer support and consumer delivered services
  • Collaboration with consumers, their families and community

Mental health assessment:

  • Factors affecting assessment
  • Taking a psychosocial history
  • Mental state assessment
  • Assessment tools

oThe Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) instrument
o Functional assessment
o Mental Health Outcomes Assessment Tool (MH-OAT)
o Alcohol scales
o Depression scales

Common mental health alterations and disorders and related pathophysiology:

  • Disorders in children and adolescents
  • Disorders affecting the elderly
  • Schizophrenic disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance-related disorders and dual diagnosis
  • Somatoform and dissociative disorders

Psychopharmacology for common mental illnesses/disorders:

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Principles of pharmacological action of psychotropic medication
  • Legal issues with psychotropic medications
  • Major groups of psychotropic drugs
  • Medication adherence issues and strategies

Legal, professional and ethical issues:

  • Rights of the mentally ill
  • Mental health policy
  • Mental health legislation
  • Professional boundaries

Content Extended

  • Theories of self, personality, resilience, crisis, stress, coping
  • Lifespan development
  • Family development, assessment, functions
  • Cultural diversity
  • Social constructions of health and illness
  • Vulnerable populations

Content Integrated and Consolidated

  • Person-centred care
  • Cultural safety
  • Health assessment
  • Communication skills and active listening
  • Documentation
  • Group dynamics


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