Domestic violence

Data gathering

  • Red flags – mood, DSH, sexual abuse, drugs/alcohol, children
  • Others – police, shelters, family/friends, CAB, known to social services
  • Examine –


Clinical management

  • Follow-up
    • at suitable time/with husband/home visit
    • couples counselling, womens shelters, follow-ups with GP
    • DV 24hr helpline – Women’s Aid


  • Social services role is not to take away your child but to provide extra support and ensure that they are safe
  • mention confidentiality (as long as others are not in harm)
  • “do you ever feel afraid of your partner?”
  • “have you ever been subject to violence at home?”
  • “violence in the home is as illegal as violence on the streets”