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Domestic abuse: how to spot the signs and support colleagues who may be affected

Nurses in all sectors will have contact with victims, but can also be at risk themselves

Nurses in all sectors will come into contact with people experiencing domestic violence and coercive control, but can also be at risk of abuse themselves

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on domestic abuse, as people have been forced to spend more time at home
  • Research suggests that nurses are up to three times more likely to experience this kind of abuse than the general public
  • How to spot the signs of abuse and tips for supporting colleagues who may be reluctant to disclose

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports of domestic violence and abuse soared.

According to the charity Women’s Aid,


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