New domestic violence guidance

Social and healthcare staff should be trained to recognise signs of physical, mental or financial abuse, according to new recommendations on domestic violence.

NICE: A third of women experience domestic violence

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, in England and Wales:

  • Almost a third of women and a fifth of men have experienced domestic violence at some point during their lives;
  • 1.2 million women and 784,000 men aged between 16 and 59 experienced abuse in 2010/11.
  • Women are more likely than men to experience repeated partner abuse.
  • Domestic violence can impact people in a sexual, emotion, financial and physical way.

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Domestic violence guidelines on honour killings

Nineteen-year-old Banaz Mahmod's father and uncle were jailed for life in 2007 for their roles in her honour killing.

Advice on honour killings features in guidelines designed to tackle domestic violence, released today by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

The draft recommendations aim to give healthcare workers a clearer idea of how to confront domestic violence.

Training at the heart of new domestic violence strategy

Healthcare and social workers should be trained to recognise when domestic violence is taking place and ask the right questions, according to new Government recommendations.

Care staff should also identify barriers victims may face when trying to get help and introduce a strategy to get round them, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) reported.