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Domestic abuse: a growing problem and how we can help

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Domestic abuse: a growing problem and how we can help

Ramune Murauskaite
8 March 2021

Domestic abuse is defined as ‘an incident, or pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading or violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer’ (Women’s Aid, 2020). Statistics have shown that levels of domestic abuse are rising, particularly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown periods (ONS, 2020). As healthcare professionals, we are often ideally placed to spot signs of domestic abuse and help patients to access help and support.

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