Abuse and coercive control: Could you spot the signs?
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Abuse and coercive control: Could you spot the signs?

Jennifer Trueland Health journalist

Nurses in all sectors will come into contact with people experiencing domestic abuse –but it may be colleagues as well as patients that need your support

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports of domestic violence and abuse soared. According to the charity Women’s Aid, the pandemic created the ‘perfect storm’, with lockdown leaving some people trapped with their abuser and feeling like ‘sitting ducks’.

Nursing Standard. 36, 2, 14-17. doi: 10.7748/ns.36.2.14.s10

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