Helping people who have been subjected to abuse
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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.e1323


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 29 April 2014

Accepted: 29 May 2014

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