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Only some GPs have training in domestic violence!

13th Dec 2011

Only some GPs have training in domestic violence!

It has come to light that most GPs and Clinicians have had no training in domestic violence. However, if Medical Practitioners and Practice Nurses have had training concerning domestic violence they are 22 times more likely to refer women to Advocacy Organisations according to research. This research was published by The Lancet. It was evidenced that Training and Support Programmes targeted at Primary Care Clinicians and Administrative Staff referred people to Domestic Violence Agencies and these referrals increased.

From research it appears that it would be in an individuals interest if their Doctors or Nurses have had this training as, a referral could be made to organisations that would assist a person who has suffered domestic violence.

Author: Andrea Hewitson, Partner (AndrewH@bhplaw.co.uk)

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