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Call for mandatory domestic abuse awareness training

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Nurses have called for mandatory training to be introduced on domestic abuse awareness at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference in Glasgow.

The resolution calling was passed by a large majority, though 15 people voted against it and there were also seven abstainers.

The case in favour of mandatory domestic abuse training was presented to RCN Congress by Amanda Burston, of the college’s North Staffordshire branch.

The branch noted that domestic abuse “touches everyone”, both patients and staff, and that it has a higher prevalence than some conditions, like asthma.

It highlighted 2015 data suggesting that 85% of domestic abuse victims had sought help from professionals five times, on average, in the year before they received effective help.

“Each contact represents a missed chance to help the victim. This resolution aims to redress this balance through education of pre- and post-qualified healthcare professionals.

“It seeks to introduce mandatory training on what domestic abuse is, likely victims and what frontline professionals can do to identify them and initiate safe effective care pathways.

Resolution

That this meeting of Congress asks RCN Council to lobby for mandatory domestic abuse awareness training for all healthcare workers

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  • Good! This training should also inform nurses that where a patient is detained in a care home, hospital or prison and subjected to neglect and/or abuse this lawfully constitutes domestic abuse does it not?

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