Domestic violence and abuse affects many people, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and lifestyle.
The cross government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
“any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but it is not limited to
The Department of health states that health professionals should take a proactive approach to asking about domestic violence and abuse, as evidence shows that woman find it difficult to raise the subject themselves but do not mind being asked if they know that women are asked about domestic violence and abuse routinely.
Please see local procedures below which may help you when dealing with a service user who may be subject to Domestic Violence.
Local Procedures & Resources