Guidance

Guidance for health professionals on domestic violence

Looks at important aspects relating to preventing and identifying domestic violence and abuse and supporting those affected.

Documents

Domestic violence and abuse - professional guidance

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This guidance helps health professionals to recognise factors that may indicate domestic violence and abuse and describes steps to ensure appropriate support and referral where necessary. It highlights best practice, information and learning resources.

This guidance acknowledges that because of the role of midwives, health visitors and school nurses, they are often one of the first to become aware of domestic violence and abuse issues within families. They therefore have a significant part to play.

Published 24 June 2013