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NHS staff 'should be trained to recognise domestic abuse'

Frontline staff in the NHS should be trained to recognise domestic abuse and encouraged to ask questions, new guidelines suggest.

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'Wider understanding needed' to help victims of abuse

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) have said there needs to be a wider understanding in health and social care to help people suffering from domestic violence and abuse, as it published new guidelines to help frontline staff.

Recommendations from the new guidance include:

  • Greater information in waiting rooms about the support on offer for those affected by domestic violence
  • Frontline staff should be trained to recognise the indicators of domestic violence
  • Staff should also ask questions to help people "disclose their past or current experiences"
  • Conversations should be made in private in an environment where the person feels safe
  • Staff should be clear on how to refer people on to other services for specialist help and should receive expert training

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