Domestic Abuse Must Be A Public Health Priority

Thursday 15th September 2016

The Royal Society for Public Health and Institute of Health Visiting are highlighting the need for domestic violence and abuse to be treated as a public health priority, at a conference being held today. The call comes as a survey of health visitors by the iHV reveals that more than two in five (42%) think services to support families affected by domestic abuse in their area have got worse in the past two years, with less than a third (32%) say they had not got worse.

Polly Neate, CEO of Women’s Aid, who is speaking at the conference today, said:

“Women’s Aid fully supports the position that domestic abuse must be a public health priority. Our decades of experience working with women, and our research, have confirmed that we need a better way than the current approach to domestic abuse. In July we launched pilots of our innovative response to domestic abuse that has survivors at its heart and will lead to long-term change called Change that Lasts. At the heart of our Change that Lasts model is survivor voices, and the principle that every point of interaction with a survivor is an opportunity for intervention. We are working with communities and professionals up and down the country to improve the system and the services and options available to survivors of domestic abuse. We look forward to piloting the Ask Me scheme with Public Health England to increase early intervention opportunities within the healthcare system.”

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