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Advice for nurses on supporting victims of domestic violence

Amanda Burston was named Nurse of the Year 2016 for improving care for victims of domestic violence at Royal Stoke University Hospital. Here she advises nurses on how they can help patients who are being abused  
Amanda Burston (left) introduced a raft of measures in her hospital to support domestic violence victims

A serious case review this week has highlighted the tragic case of Kayleigh-Anne Palmer who was killed by her boyfriend when she was 16 years old and 24 weeks pregnant. She died after enduring years of domestic abuse and controlling behaviour from her boyfriend Aston Robinson, aged 18, in 2014.

Ms Palmer had engaged with several professional agencies in relation to her injuries, mental health and abuse. She had visited the emergency department (ED), neighbours had raised concerns, and the police and social services had been involved. However, she still ended up losing her short life to domestic abuse.

It has been reported that a neighbour told police that Robinson had knocked Ms Palmer to the ground and kicked her in the stomach when she was pregnant. In

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