A NSW paramedic has described the helplessness and “trauma” that comes with attending domestic violence call outs.
“I get so angry that it happens,” paramedic Sahar said in Tuesday night’s episode of Channel Ten’s documentary-style series Ambulance Australia.
“I do feel the trauma. I experience the emotions vividly, I suppose.”
During the episode, New South Wales Ambulance paramedics Joe and Sahar attended a call to a woman who claims she fell down the stairs and is worried because her jaw is now misaligned.
However, the emergency response centre operator suspected domestic assault – a fact that is all but confirmed when the two paramedics attend the scene.
The woman, who wasn’t identified on screen, repeatedly said that she “didn’t want to talk about it” when asked whether her injuries were the result of someone hitting her.
Sahar pointed out that her injuries – head and jaw wounds – didn’t match with falling down the stairs, but the clearly upset woman stuck to her story, before pleading, “can you please just stop asking me?”
The paramedic calmly told the woman she would report this to the nursing staff at the hospital and see if there was someone else there she wanted to speak with.
Sahar later said she had been affected by the incident.
“I can handle the blood and guts, I can handle the medical side of it,” she said.
“Something’s broken, I can fix it.
“But I can’t take the pain away from someone dealing with domestic violence.”