Respond to domestic violence and abuse
Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) are often over-looked. Barriers to clinicians exploring potential DVA include a lack of time, short appointments and an excessive workload.
When a patient attends an appointment with another person, be curious about the power differentials operating within their domestic relationships, by noting who is present and who is telling the story. Suggest speaking to the patient alone for part of the consultation if you suspect potential DVA.
Consider inviting a local DVA specialist worker to give a presentation at your practice and share any tips for supporting victims of DVA.
Read more about the success of a training programme implemented in London to improve recognition of and support for victims of DVA here: