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Responding to domestic abuse: A resource for health professionals

Responding to Domestic Abuse: A Resource for Health Professionals, aims to support continuing improvement in the response from health and care services and allied healthcare partners. Drawing on the NICE multiagency guideline on Domestic Violence and Abuse, this resource looks at how to support adults and young people over 16 years old who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse, and dependent children in their households. It replaces Domestic Violence: A Resource Manual for Health Care Professionals (2006) and Improving Safety, Reducing Harm: Children, Young People and Domestic Violence – a Practical Toolkit for Front-line Practitioners (2010).

The resource includes pointers to help practitioners identify potential victims, initiate sensitive routine enquiry and respond effectively to disclosures of abuse. There is a new section on dealing with perpetrators of domestic abuse and violence.

The resource is for all NHS staff, including staff in NHS commissioned services. Staff in partnership agencies who work with adults and children will also find it helpful. Commissioners will gain insight into services to support people experiencing domestic violence and abuse, and the importance of local strategic planning being joined up to deal successfully with this most common form of hidden harm to women.