Sarah talked to her health visitor about her situation.
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Title: "Health and domestic violence, a life and death issue"
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Domestic violence has an enormous impact on abused women's health and well-being: they may need medical treatment either immediately – e.g. for physical injuries - or in the long-term.
Broken bones, bruises, burns, recurrent sexually transmitted infections, chronic pain, gynaecological and other continuing health problems, permanent injury, mental health difficulties, stillbirth and death may all result from experience of domestic violence and abuse.
The cost to the NHS of dealing with the physical injuries of domestic violence is £1.2 billion (The Cost of Domestic Violence, Sylvia Walby).
Healthcare workers may be the first people to whom women disclose their abuse, and they have a vital role to play in offering support, information and validation. View practical guidelines for health professionals on responding to domestic violence.