Domestic violence is an abuse of human rights and a major public health problem because of the long-term health consequences for people who have experienced it. Many people experiencing abuse believe that their GP can be trusted with disclosure and GPs can offer practical support to protect people who disclose abuse.
Please find below a range of domestic violence resources.
This guidance has been produced to enable general practices to respond effectively to domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in primary care and develop their DVA policy. The commissionable Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) model is an evidence based training, support and referral programme for general practice teams.
IRIS Commissioning Pack [PDF]
Responding to domestic abuse
The RCGP, with IRIS and CAADA have produced guidance for general practices to help them respond effectively to patients experiencing domestic abuse. The guidance includes key principles to help you develop your domestic abuse policy.
Counselling Directory provides information on domestic violence such as spotting the signs of a violent relationship and the psychological effects that come with it. It allows visitors to find a counsellor close to them for domestic violence support. You can access more information here.
This is a useful resource to assist patients who have disclosed they have suffered from domestic violence. You can access more information here.
The RCGP's Violence Against Women and Children e-learning course enables GPs and other primary care professionals to improve their recognition of and response to patients suffering from violence.