Domestic violence: responding to the needs of patients
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Domestic violence: responding to the needs of patients

Kylee Trevillion Researcher, Women’s mental health, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
Roxane Agnew-Davies Clinical psychologist and director, Domestic Violence Training Ltd, Surbiton, Surrey
Louise Michele Howard Professor in Women’s mental health and head of section of women’s mental health, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Victims of domestic violence have increased contact with healthcare services, but may not always be identified as experiencing abuse. Guidelines advocate that healthcare professionals should enquire about abuse and receive training on how to respond appropriately to any disclosures. This article examines how improved identification and response to domestic violence by healthcare staff can improve care for patients.

Correspondence kylee.trevillion@kcl.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 25, 26,48-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.03.25.26.48.c8371

Published in print: 02 March 2011

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review