Supporting people who are experiencing domestic abuse
Intended for healthcare professionals

Supporting people who are experiencing domestic abuse

Nicky Lambert Associate professor, Department of Mental Health and Social Work, Middlesex University, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your knowledge of domestic abuse and its effects on health

  • To identify and support people at risk of harm from domestic abuse

  • 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)

Supporting the health, well-being and safety of people who are experiencing domestic abuse can be a life-saving intervention and is an important part of the mental health nurse’s role. This article details best practice in safely assessing and supporting these people, and outlines the associated indicators and the potential effects that domestic abuse can have on health. The article also details the actions that mental health nurses can take to improve the care of victims, and explains the importance of effective communication skills, risk management and record-keeping.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1562

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Lambert N (2021) Supporting people who are experiencing domestic abuse. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1562

Published online: 24 August 2021

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