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Gender-based violence nursing: this rewarding new role and its responsibilities

A nursing career that’s improving the healthcare experience of domestic abuse survivors

Gender-based violence nurses are a hub for multi-agency healthcare and safeguarding, and they are meeting an increasingly urgent need

In November 2020, I started my new role as a gender-based violence nurse with NHS Fife in Scotland.

I had not heard of this type of role or service before my post was advertised, but much like trauma, violence against women and girls runs like a thread through every area of mental health.

Violence against women was particularly prevalent in my previous role in a community drug and alcohol service. In Scotland, drug-related deaths among women are increasing despite declining rates of use, with a 2018 report from the Scottish Government showing domestic abuse to be a potential factor as an ongoing source of