Domestic violence: Dentists play vital ‘first responder’ role for victims (The Age)

Jill Stark writes about the key role dentists can play in addressing family violence, in the Sunday Age/Sydney Morning Herald, November 29 2015. Read an excerpt below:

‘Dentists are acting as “first responders” to domestic violence victims, as experts call for increased training to help them support women in crisis.

Women with facial injuries and broken teeth are often more likely to seek dental treatment than see a doctor, placing dentists at the frontline of early intervention.

Dr Manjula​ O’Connor​, who has been training dental graduates to recognise the signs of domestic violence, said they can play a critical role in helping women escape abusive relationships.’

Read the full article in The Age.