Healthcare professionals’ response to domestic violence
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Healthcare professionals’ response to domestic violence

Kylee Trevillion Researcher in women’s mental health, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
Roxane Agnew-Davies Clinical psychologist and director of Domestic Violence Training
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, National Institute for Health Research’s Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health

Victims of domestic violence have increased contact with healthcare services, but the abuse may not always be identified as a causal factor in their physical and mental health problems. Guidelines advocate that healthcare professionals should enquire about abuse and respond appropriately to any disclosures with pertinent messages and referral to domestic violence specialists if required. This article provides an update on the guidance to health professionals and examines how improved identification and responses to domestic violence by healthcare professionals can improve care for patients.

Primary Health Care. 23, 9, 34-42. doi: 10.7748/phc2013.


Conflict of interest

None declared

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 17 September 2013

Accepted: 23 September 2013