Secondary Prevention

Secondary prevention refers to the identification of those who are particularly at risk (e.g example pregnant women) and providing resources and support.

Resources and research documents which fall into this category feature throughout all sections of this website. We have reproduced some here to illustrate the ways secondary prevention can take place across a variety of settings.


UK information

How to Help Your Mates

AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) formerly the GLDVP (2008)

This leaflet was written to help young people advise their friends if they are worried that they may be in an abusive relationship.

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A Theory-Based Evaluation of a Multi-Agency Domestic Violence Service based in Maternity and Genitourinary Services at Guy’s & St Thomas

Bacchus, L. et al. (2007)

A three year research evaluation of an innovative, multi-agency domestic violence service located in a London Foundation Trust hospital (2004-7). The programme intervention consisted of one day of domestic violence training provided to healthcare practitioners in maternity and sexual health services to enable them to conduct routine enquiry for domestic violence and the establishment of a hospital-based domestic violence advocacy service to which women who disclosed abuse could be referred. Male patients attending sexual health clinics who disclosed domestic violence were offered information about local and national resources.

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If Someone You Know is Experiencing Domestic Violence

Greater London Authority (2006)

This guidance is for anyone who thinks a family or friend is experiencing domestic violence it gives suggestions that are based on what formerly abused women said they found helpful.

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Reducing Domestic Violence ...What Works? Health Services

Davidson, L. (2000)

This briefing note reviews the impact of domestic violence on the health service and what is known about the effectiveness of interventions within health care aimed at improving the health of, and decreasing adverse consequences for women experiencing domestic violence.

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What Works in Avoiding Rape and Sexual Assault?

Da Silva, C. et al. (2003)

This document offers access to research and ideas which challenge the perception that resistance is a dangerous strategy, explores studies on self-defence and offers guidelines for safety advice and prevention campaigns which may avoid some of the traps that previous police interventions have fallen into, especially where the information only targets women as potential victims, and relies entirely on suggesting that they curtail normal activities.

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What Is Self-Defence Training For Women?

London Centre for Personal Safety

While recognising that women are not responsible for the violence they suffer, self-defence training gives women effective choices for responding to the threat of violence in time, as individuals or in groups.

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London Centre for Personal Safety

LCPS work to prevent and protect from violence, reduce the fear and impact of violence and campaign with like minded organisations to tackle the causes and effects of violence.


NSPCC Domestic Violence Campaign Briefing 3: training for professionals to identify children living with domestic violence

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

This NSPCC briefing calls on the government to recognise the importance of training for front line professional. Practitioners working in education, health, social care and the police often come into contact with women and children who are experiencing domestic violence and are well placed to intervene and provide help and advice.

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International Information


Secondary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence: a randomized controlled trial

McFarlane, J.M. et al. (2006) [Abstract]

This USA research was to assess the comparative safety behaviours, use of community resources and extent of violence following two levels of interventions within primary care settings. A randomized, two-arm, clinical trial was completed in urban public primary care clinics with 360 abused women who assessed positive for physical or sexual abuse within the preceding 12 months.

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Toward a Developmental Risk and Resilience Framework for Research and Intervention

Gewirtz, A. H. and Edleson, J.L. (2004)

This paper is part of a series that addresses a widespread but often hidden challenge: how to mobilise community and programmatic resources to provide responsive help to young children and families affected by both domestic violence and poverty.

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Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Teacher’s Handbook to Increase Understanding and Improve Community Responses

Baker, L. L. et al. (2002)

Produced by the Centre for Children & Families in the Justice System in the USA, this handbook contains information that will help teachers to: learn about domestic violence and its impact on children and adolescents; recognize the signs that students may display when they are having difficulties. These signs may occur for a variety of reasons, including domestic violence; learn ways to support students and deal with challenging behaviours in school; offer support and information about resources to parents who may be adult victims of domestic violence.

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