Guidance to help primary care teams recognise domestic violence
Guidance to help primary care teams recognise and respond to signs of domestic violence has been published.
Responding to Domestic Abuse: Guidance for General Practices sets out principles to help staff respond “quickly and effectively”, including establishing a domestic abuse care pathway.
For example, some practices may develop an internal referral route to a practice nurse with additional domestic abuse training who will conduct a specialist assessment, the guidance said.
It was jointly developed by the Royal College of GPs, Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse, and the Identification and Referral to Improve Safety programme.