Better support available for families living with domestic abuse

A set of questions have been developed to help GPs identify domestic abuse sufferers and better support families living in an abusive household.

Following a multi-agency inspection of Hampshire exploring the theme of ‘children living with domestic abuse,’ work has been ongoing by specialist domestic abuse services and health professionals to develop a package of support.

As a result, a set of screening questions have been established to support patients attending health appointments at GP practices across Hampshire.

The “Hampshire Domestic Abuse Referral Pathway” document will be used by professionals to help them take action to assist victims of abuse, whether men or women, and to help them receive the support they need.

The new system will ensure that patients affected by domestic abuse, either as a victim, a child within the household or a perpetrator, can feel more able to talk to their GP or other health professional about what they are experiencing and be supported to access specialist services.

The new way of working was launched to coincide with the start of the White Ribbon and 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence  campaign which raises awareness of domestic violence and abuse in all its forms, regardless of gender.

Support for those affected by domestic abuse in Hampshire is provided through IDASH (Integrated Domestic Abuse Service for Hampshire) on 0330 0165 112. For those who are concerned about their own abusive behaviour, support can be accessed through the Respect phoneline on 0808 802 4040. In an emergency, call 999.