7.5 B. Guidance and Resources


Domestic violence and mental health

Howard, L., Feder, G. and Agnew-Davies, R., ed. (2013) [abstract]

People with mental health problems are more likely to be victims of domestic violence than the general population. This book gives practical guidance on how mental health professionals can identify and respond to domestic violence experienced by their patients. It covers the prevalence of domestic violence, its association with mental health problems and the current evidence base on effective interventions to reduce abuse and improve mental health. It includes liaison with other agencies, such as social care, the police and the domestic violence sector, and gives information on relevant medico-legal issues in order to prepare professionals to present evidence in court.

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What do health and wellbeing boards need to know about addressing violence?

NHS Confederation (2014)

The NHS Confederation have produced a briefing for Health and Wellbeing Board members and Community Safety Partnerships that are working to address violence, including violence against women and girls. The briefing provides useful information about the impact of violence and highlights the need for preventative actions and early intervention.

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Health Visiting and School Nursing Programmes: supporting implementation of the new service model No.5: Domestic Violence and Abuse – Professional Guidance

Department of Health (2013)

This guidance acknowledges that domestic violence and abuse are a significant part of the midwife, health visitor or school nurse role. By nature of their role, these professionals are often one of the first to become aware of such issues within the family. The guidance aims to increase knowledge and support improved integration and partnership working with others who have an interest in preventing, working in and identifying domestic violence and abuse, and supporting those affected.

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Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women

WHO clinical and policy guidelines (2013)

This guidance for health professional gives evidence-based  tools on how to respond to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women. They also provide advice for policy makers, encouraging better coordination and funding of services, and greater attention to responding to sexual violence and partner violence within training programmes for health care providers.

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Securing Excellence in commissioning sexual assault services for people who experience sexual violence

NHS England/Direct Commissioning/offender health (2013)

This document aims to support commissioners in delivering a consistent, high quality approach to the delivery of services that secure the best outcomes for victims of sexual assault and rape. NHS England will use the framework to drive local improvements in quality and outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

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Towards commissioning excellence: Developing a strategy for commissioning support services

NHS England (2013)

This strategy outlines the key building blocks required to ensure that all commissioners can access excellent and affordable commissioning support services, enabling them to commission effectively for the benefit of patients.

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Responding to Domestic Abuse: guidance for general practices

CAADA and IRIS (2012)

This document provides guidance to general practices to help them respond effectively to patients experiencing domestic abuse. This guidance includes key principles to help you develop your domestic abuse policy.

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Children’s Needs – Parenting Capacity. Child abuse: Parental mental illness, learning disability, substance misuse, and domestic violence 2nd Edition

Cleaver, H. Unell, I. Jane, A. (2011)

This second edition of Children’s Needs – Parenting Capacity provides an update on the impact of parental problems, such as substance misuse, domestic violence, learning disability and mental illness, on children’s welfare.

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Reducing barriers to support for women fleeing violence

BC Society of Transition Houses (2011)

This toolkit was originally designed for all levels of staff in agencies that operate Transition Housing programs. The information is useful and applicable, however, to service providers and organizations that support women in a variety of sectors and settings, whether housing-based or not.

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Ending violence against women and children campaign: 25 November – 10 December

Department of Health (2010)

To coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2010) and the following 16 days, a communications campaign is taking place to raise awareness with the public, patients and health professionals.

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Improving services for women and child victims of violence

Department of Health (2010)

This action plan, which responds to the work of the Taskforce on Violence  against Women and Children, sets out how the Department of Health will improve the way health services support the many victims who continue to experience suffering due to violence and abuse.

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Safe and Sane - A Model of Intervention on Domest c Violence and Mental Health, Suicide and Self-harm Amongst Black and Minority Ethnic Women

Siddiqui, H. Patel, M (2010)

This report makes a number of recommendations to prevent and protect BME women from domestic violence and mental health problems within an integrated national strategy on violence against women and girls, and the human rights framework aimed at ending inter-sectional discrimination based on race and gender.

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Violence and abuse training modules (online)

Safer Leeds (2010)

The LIAP Women and Violence Trust works closely with Statutory and Voluntary Agencies in Leeds to raise awareness of abuse. The Leeds based online practice guidance is available to use free of charge.

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Women with complex needs: good practice guidelines and pathways for substance misuse

Birmingham violence against women board

This guidance will seek to support staff in their management of the impact and risks associated with domestic violence, together with their navigation of the specialist provision needed to meet the range and complexity of needs that abuse creates

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Information Briefing 2: the impact of domestic abuse on women’s health

Scottish Women's Aid (2010)

This information briefing gives a brief overview of the health consequences of domestic abuse.

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Asian Women, Domestic Violence and Mental Health: a toolkit for health professionals

EACH (2009)

Aimed at health professionals this toolkit provides background information to Asian Women's experiences of domestic violence, its impact on their health and how health professionals can respond to these issues within their professional practice.

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Domestic Violence London: a resource for health professionals

NHS Barking and Dagenham (2009)

An online resource for health professionals in London, the guidance is divided into a number of different sections:

•    What is Domestic Violence

•    Understanding Victims

•    Domestic Violence As A Public Health Issue

•    What Should Health Professionals Do?

•    How To Deal with and Recognise Patients Who Are Victims of Domestic Violence

•    Guidance for Health Professionals

•    Strategic Initiatives, Responding Principles and Taking Action

•    Case Studies, Contacts & Links

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'Herding cats’: the experiences of domestic violence advocates engaging with primary care providers

Johnson, M and Howell, A. (SAFE magazine) (2009)

This article published in SAFE magazine reveals the outcomes of the recent Identification and Referral to Improve Safety trial, set up to engage general practices with domestic violence specialists and advocate in Bristol and Hackney.

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Informed Gender Practice: mental health acute care that works for women

Royal College of Nursing and Care Improvement Partnership (2008)

This guidance describes why and in what way women’s needs are different from men’s and how this affects their experiences on the ward, acknowledging the diversity of women who will become inpatients. The needs of men are not specifically addressed, although the need for informed gender practice for men is acknowledged and there is transferability in many of the points made. The guidance is aimed at multi-disciplinary teams who work with inpatients, their managers and commissioners of acute inpatient services. It should also be of value to community-based staff, to women with experience of using acute care and to user groups that advocate for their interests.

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Sane Responses: good practice guidelines for domestic violence and mental health services

Greater London Domestic Violence Project (2007)

This GLDVP Mental Health Toolkit aims to promote the understanding and good practice of frontline workers. It provides information on domestic violence and mental health, guidelines for good practice and details of existing services across London.

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Nottingham Primary Care Trust’s Policy for Domestic Violence: latest re-issue

HEVAN (2007)

This policy has been written in wide consultation with representatives from the NHS, service partners and service users within Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forums and the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships, which include Women’s Aid. It therefore reflects a comprehensive public and agency viewpoint.

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Dealing with Forced Marriage: practice guidance for health professionals

Stobart,  E. (2007 1st Ed.)

These guidelines have been produced and co-funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department of Health. They have been compiled in consultation with national and local elements of the Health Service and with relevant non-governmental organisations.

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Domestic Abuse Training Manual for Health Practitioners

National Domestic Violence Health Practice Forum (Now called HEVAN): Home Office and Department of Health (2006)

This training manual supports the Department of Health Responding to Domestic Abuse: a handbook for health professionals. The manual is designed to be a flexible resource for health service trainers and will support their work in delivering essential training for health practitioners to give them the knowledge and skills to work effectively with patients who are or who have been affected by domestic abuse.

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Responding to Domestic Abuse: a handbook for health professionals

Department of Health (2005)

A practical tool that answers the question ‘What am I supposed to do if one of my patients tells me they’re experiencing domestic abuse?’ It takes on board feedback from users of Domestic Violence: a resource manual for health care professionals, which was published in 2000, and has been designed to be easy to use, functional and accessible. It builds on good practice that is already in place across the country and will enable health professionals to respond consistently to domestic abuse. As well as helping frontline staff recognise and give appropriate support to women and children who are being abused, it promotes networking and information-sharing amongst domestic violence agencies.

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Good Practice Guidelines - Women's Aid's Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Substance Use Project

Women's Aid (2005)

The Women's Aid Mental Health and Domestic Violence Project was funded by the Department of Health with the overall aim of improving the quality of services available for women who are experiencing domestic violence and also have mental health and/or substance use issues. As part of this project, Women's Aid has produced a set of Good Practice Guidelines for those working in the fields of domestic violence, mental health, drugs and alcohol.

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Domestic Violence and Health Practice Directory

Women's Aid (2004)

Information about the projects included within this Directory was collected during the course of the Women's Aid Health and Domestic Violence Survey 2000, funded by the Department of Health. The information was updated in March 2004. This survey included all health authorities within England and a representative sample of NHS Trusts and Primary Care.

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Tackling Domestic Violence: exploring the health service contribution

Taket, A. et al. (2004)

This Home Office report is one of a series which specifically reports on the findings from the evaluation of a number of domestic violence projects. The report aims to explore the health service contribution to tackling domestic violence, and draws upon the findings from four projects which had developed and implemented interventions within a number of health settings. It places the findings from these projects in the context of the literature.

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Good Practice Guidance for Mental Health Worker's: Domestic Violence & Mental Health

Lewis, J. (2003)

Brief good practice guidance for mental health workers to work with clients who have or are still experiencing domestic violence.

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Health and Domestic Violence: What Can Be Done? A report of the implementation of a domestic violence protocol at three health sites in London

Standing Together Against Domestic Violence (2002)

This report outlines the work and progress of the Standing Together Against Domestic Violence Health Project. The intended reader is anyone who is interested in initiating a similar project and/or to officials who may consider implementing some of the elements of this project across a wider range of health sites.

The essential elements of the project were to set up a multi-disciplinary team within Charing Cross A&E and to work with the Charing Cross and Parsons Green Walk-in Centre staff team to implement a protocol on domestic violence.

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Holistic Care for Women: A Practical Guide for Midwives

Mwangi-Powell, F (2001) [available for purchase]

Produced by FOWARD, this publication offers detailed practical advice, such as guidelines on procedures for midwives caring for women affected by FGM. Written in consultation with midwives, as well as health and inter-agency professionals working on FGM, this comprehensive book makes an excellent training aid and reference guide for those in reproductive health work.

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Health and Domestic Violence: a life and death issue

Women’s Aid

A 12 page leaflet with information on: domestic violence and the role of the health service; understanding the fear of disclosing domestic violence; action following disclosure and how health professionals can help; and contact information for domestic violence services.

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Domestic Violence and Health

Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse (2009)

A special collection of research and resources on health issues from Australia.  The research demonstrates short and long term health related impacts of domestic and family violence, with studies indicating that such violence is a key determinant of morbidity and mortality for women.  There are comprehensive resources and research relating to the following:

•    Health Impact

•    Mental health impacts

•    Pregnancy

•    Screening and risk assessment

•    Health care responses

•    Resources and training kits for health professionals

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