Recognising and responding to domestic violence and abuse: The role of public health nurses

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Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is defined by the UK Home Office (2013a) as: Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. The broad nature of the UK government definition provides scope for other forms of DVA to be included, such as harmful traditional practices, including female genital mutilation and forced marriage, teen dating violence and child (or adolescent) to parent violence (Home Office, 2013b). Public health nurses, and in particular health visitors and school nurses, have a crucial role to play in recognising and responding to women who have experienced DVA (Department of Health, 2013).


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-28
Number of pages5
JournalCommunity Practitioner
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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