Domestic abuse

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.

  • IRIS is a practice based training, support and referral programme that can be commissioned locally.  IRIS provides domestic violence and abuse training for general practice teams and specialist support for those experiencing DVA.
  • Responding to domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals is an excellent resource for all health professionals. We advocate that all GPs/GP trainees consult this document directly for learning and guidance.
  • Guidance for health professionals on domestic abuse looks at important aspects relating to preventing an identifying domestic violence and abuse and supporting those affected. 
  • The Hideout is a website for children and young people who are experiencing domestic abuse. 
  • SafeLives have a Pathfinder Toolkit for GPs as well as a series of Spotlights on groups of domestic abuse victims who may be 'hidden' from services or who may face additional barriers to services. 
  • Adolescent to parent violence and abuse (APVA), Home Office 2015 is a useful Information Guide on this area. 
  • 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.
  • Mind is a useful resource to assist patients who have disclosed they have suffered from domestic violence.
  • Respect run a phoneline for perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse and for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse. 

For detailed and specific guidance on recording domestic abuse information (including MARAC – Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) in the patient record, go to Section 3 of the Adult Safeguarding Toolkit.

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