Helping people who have been subjected to abuse
Punita Morris Independent domestic and sexual violence adviser in the emergency department, Bristol Royal Infirmary
Punita Morris describes how independent domestic violence advisers can support people who have experienced domestic violence when they present to emergency departments
Independent domestic violence advisers (IDVAs) are professionals who support service users by assessing their level of risk, discussing options, developing safety plans, providing time-limited crisis intervention, and directing them to other specialist services. This article describes the work of an IDVA service based in the emergency department (ED) of an inner city hospital. It discusses the benefits of the service for clients and hospital staff, and shows how basing the service in an ED has positive outcomes.
Emergency Nurse. 22, 4, 16-22. doi: 10.7748/en.22.4.16.e1323Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 29 April 2014
Accepted: 29 May 2014