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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued guidance for health services, social care and the organisations for which they work on how to respond effectively to domestic violence and abuse.
Domestic violence and abuse is a complex issue that needs sensitive handling by a range of health and social care professionals. The cost, in both human and economic terms, is so significant that even marginally effective interventions are cost effective.
Women and men can experience this type of violence in heterosexual and same-sex relationships.
The recommendations cover the broad spectrum of domestic violence and abuse, including violence perpetrated on men, on those in same-sex relationships and on young people.
Working in a multi-agency partnership is the most effective way to approach the issue at both an operational and strategic level. Initial and ongoing training and organisational support is also needed.
The guidance is for health and social care commissioners, specialist domestic violence and abuse staff and others whose work may bring them into contact with people who experience or perpetrate domestic violence and abuse. In addition it may be of interest to members of the public.
The full guidance is available to download here.
The Red Book is the acknowledged authority on practice and procedure