Urgent training in domestic abuse is needed to open closed doors

Healthcare staff admit they lack knowledge of how to refer patients on for help following domestic violence

More than one quarter of nursing staff regularly encounter patients who have experienced domestic abuse, a Nursing Standard survey reveals.

While more than 50% of respondents encounter abused patients ‘once in a while’, just 16.5% never encounter them in their work.

Yet only 557 respondents (38.3%) said they have received training in the past year in how to treat survivors of domestic abuse and refer them on for support. Of the 898 (61.7%) who said they had not recently received training, most had never been trained.

Almost one third of the 1,455 nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and nursing students said they would not know how to refer such a patient on for help.

Despite the prevalence of domestic abuse, a Nursing Standard survey of 94 trusts and boards across the UK revealed that almost one fifth do not have a policy for supporting staff affected by


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