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Scheme launched to help care for families involved in domestic violence

General practice clinical staff need more support in managing the complexity of domestic violence 
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Women experiencing domestic violence are more likely to be in contact with general practice than with other agencies.

This pilot study aimed to improve knowledge and skills of general practice clinical staff in caring for families affected by domestic violence. A pilot intervention was developed from the integration of four evidence sources. These were:

  • a systematic review of interventions intended to improve professionals' response to disclosure of domestic violence in families with children.
  • a review of the content of training materials on domestic violence intended for general practice professionals.
  • qualitative semi-structured telephone interviews with 69 general practice professionals (clinical and non-clinical staff).
  • a consensus process focusing on contentions or ambiguous areas of practice.

General practitioners and practice nurses were found to have limited


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