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Domestic abuse: what healthcare professionals need to know

The RCN is updating its online resources on domestic abuse and violence and will publish a new guide for healthcare professionals next year. Carmel Bagness and Helen Donovan, who are leading the RCN’s online resources on domestic abuse, explain how to identify and support victims of abuse.   
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The RCN is updating its online resources on domestic abuse and violence and will publish a new guide for healthcare professionals next year. Carmel Bagness and Helen Donovan, who are leading the project, explain how to identify and support victims of abuse

Despite increased recognition of domestic abuse in recent years, it often remains hidden. While some healthcare professionals are aware of abuse and have a good understanding of the difficulties in addressing the needs of those affected, this is not always the case.

All healthcare professionals need to understand the issues and have up-to-date knowledge in order to recognise and implement appropriate care and safeguarding measures for anyone who may have been abused or is at risk of abuse.

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