Sexual violence: a trauma-informed approach for mental health nurses supporting survivors
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Sexual violence: a trauma-informed approach for mental health nurses supporting survivors

Rachel Rebecca Luby Senior Nurse, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Barking, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To gain awareness of the high number of service users in inpatient mental health settings who have experienced sexual violence

  • To understand and apply the principles of trauma-informed care in your practice

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

It has been recognised that there is a likely high prevalence of trauma originating in sexual violence among people who receive care in inpatient mental health settings. Mental health nurses working in inpatient settings are therefore highly likely to encounter, knowingly or not, survivors of historical and/or recent sexual violence in their practice. This article enhances mental health nurses’ understanding of the effects of sexual violence on survivors, explains the principles of trauma-informed care, and outlines strategies that nurses can adopt to promote the recovery of service users who have experienced sexual violence.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1509

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Correspondence

rachel.luby@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Luby RR (2021) Sexual violence: a trauma-informed approach for mental health nurses supporting survivors. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1509

Published online: 06 April 2021

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