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Public health nurses: in the identification of domestic violence and abuse.

Public health nurses: in the identification of domestic violence and abuse.

Elliott, Helen ORCID: 0000-0002-8798-1037 (2021) Public health nurses: in the identification of domestic violence and abuse. In: 4th European Conference on Domestic Violence, 13th- 15th September, Online from Slovenia.

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Background: To identify the factors that might influence public health nurses’ ability to identify domestic violence during home visits. Research question: What are the influencing factors that affect public health nurses’ ability to ask and identify the occurrence of domestic violence and abuse? Methods: The study took place in a community healthcare organisation in the UK. Public health nurses participated in the mixed-method study. Phase one: Surveys completed by twenty-seven public health nurses; Phase two: Ten semi-structured interviews. Phase three: An additional eleven, semi-structured interviews. Interview and survey data were thematically analysed. Findings: Not all public health nurses could recognise the range of abuse that victims could experience.
Public health nurses identified how they used intuition to detect the subtler signs of abuse. When there is a language barrier, interpreters are available to assist in the communication between the public health nurse and client. Findings have highlighted that interpreters may create barriers for women to disclose domestic violence and abuse due to concerns around confidentiality. There were also issues around cultural competence of public health nurses, which influenced the disclosure of abuse by women of Black and Asian minority ethnic groups. Public health nurses highlighted a lack of confidence in asking male clients and those in same-sex relationships about domestic violence and abuse. Conclusions: This study found that training programmes should include different signs of abuse and the ability to use intuition to support domestic abuse identification. There was also the need for cultural competence training and how to engage with women from different cultures to support abuse disclosure. Moreover, how to ask about domestic abuse regardless of the gender of clients. A proposal is made for a new model to support domestic violence and abuse education and training.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domestic abuse, routine enquiry, public health nurses
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
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)
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