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Barriers to disclosure of domestic violence and abuse in health visiting

Barriers to disclosure of domestic violence and abuse in health visiting

Elliott, Helen ORCID: 0000-0002-8798-1037 (2016) Barriers to disclosure of domestic violence and abuse in health visiting. Journal of Health Visiting, 4 (7). pp. 354-359. ISSN 2050-8719 (Print), 2052-2908 (Online)

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Against a background of increased public concern about domestic abuse, and data showing a high prevalence of domestic violence against both men and women, this literature review examines the willingness of clients to disclose that they are victims of domestic abuse to health visitors and other health professionals. The review seeks to establish what factors are significant in encouraging clients to disclose domestic abuse or deterring them from doing so. It also aims to explore the health visitor's professional role in this area. While legislation such as the Human Rights Act (1998) and the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) place obligations on health visitors to respond proactively to signs of domestic violence, they may face practical difficulties in doing so. Findings indicate that clients may seek to repress signs of abuse and will only disclose when asked directly, emphasising the need for active encouragement and reassurance to allow clients to feel safe in talking about more general experiences. They also highlight factors such as lack of confidence, knowledge or training in preventing questions about domestic violence being asked. The review identifies a need for further research to gauge how domestic abuse is tackled in specific health visiting situations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domestic violence; abuse; routine enquiry; midwives; health visitors; relationships
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Health Sciences (HEA)
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 00:23

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