Healthcare professionals and domestic violence perpetrators

Research shows that healthcare professionals are one of the few groups of people that domestic violence perpetrators may disclose to about their violence and abuse. We receive calls from GPs, nurses, clinical psychologists and other healthcare professionals enquiring about working with domestic violence perpetrators and about specialist programmes.

Respect has worked in partnership with NHS Barking and Dagenham and developed a resource for healthcare professionals with support from the Greater London Domestic Violence Project. This resource was produced by NHS Barking and Dagenham:

Domestic Violence: Working with perpetrators – A guide for Healthcare Professionals

Our approach is safety-focused. Another resource we have developed is a document called ‘Guidelines for working with perpetrators’

Case study for GP’s

You can also read a case study we have put together: a patient visits his GP complaining he’s stressed and can’t sleep properly. The GP already knows that the patient has used violence towards his wife but cannot disclose this information (patient confidentiality). How will the GP obtain a disclosure from the man himself? How will the GP challenge the man while engaging him at the same time? How will the situation be managed safely? You can read the whole case study here.

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