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Almost half of healthcare staff experience domestic abuse

RCNi survey reveals nurses are unsure how to refer abused patients
Domestic abuse

More than four in ten nursing staff have partners or family members who have hit, shoved or pushed them, or have made them feel threatened, an RCNi survey has revealed.

More than one 40% of healthcare staff have experienced abuse

The survey of 1,455 UK nurses, midwives, students and healthcare assistants, of whom 20% work in community and public health, also revealed that 21.7% have been forced by partners into sexual activity.

In addition, 51% of respondents said that partners or family members had been verbally abusive or controlling, and had caused them psychological or emotional distress.

Courage

One band 5 community nurse said: ‘My ex-husband would physically and emotionally abuse me and the children. We tried to escape by moving into a battered wives home but this was such an awful experience for my children that we went back. Eventually, my family gave me

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