Bringing attention to domestic abuse

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Abstract

Nursing skills are vital to the roles of those working with victims of domestic abuse in Nottinghamshire. Specialist nurses at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust are involved in referring patients on to further support services and training hospital staff to identify and respond to signs of abuse.

A series of nurse-led initiatives in Nottingham are training staff to identify victims and refer them on to support services. Lynne Pearce reports

With the police receiving an emergency call relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds, it is no wonder that a recent official report, commissioned by the home secretary, described the prevalence and nature of this crime as ‘shocking’.

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