All staff should be trained in combating domestic abuse

Former Nursing Standard nurse of the year Amanda Burston is campaiging at RCN Congress for all staff to be trained in tackling domestic abuse
Domestic abuse

RCN congress in Glasgow is fast approaching. I am presenting a resolution asking for support from my peer group and allied health care professionals to ensure we all receive mandatory training on tackling domestic abuse. Data from domestic abuse prevention charity SafeLives shows that 85% of victims sought help from professionals five times on average in the year before they received effective help to stop the abuse. Each of those contacts represents a missed chance to help the victim. My congress resolution aims to address the situation through education of pre- and post-qualified healthcare professionals. It seeks to introduce mandatory training covering what domestic abuse is, who is likely to be a victim and what frontline professionals can do to identify victims and initiate safe effective care pathways. Healthcare needs to present a consistent collaborative method of recognising, responding and referring victims of domestic abuse; otherwise the cycle of abuse


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