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Domestic Violence: A Public Health Issue

This event, presented by the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) at the University of Worcester, considers how health is responding to domestic violence in practice and also looks at research on domestic violence and health.

Domestic violence is a complex issue that has a devastating impact on those who experience it. Government strategy and policy recognises domestic violence as an issue that is best addressed through multi-agency working but clearly states that it is a public health issue because it has an impact on the physical and mental health of those who experience it; and costs the healthcare system an estimated £283million per year (Walby, 2009).

In February 2013, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published guidance which outlines how health services, social care and the organisations they work with can respond effectively to domestic violence. One year on; this event considers how health is responding to domestic violence in practice and also looks at research on domestic violence and health; conducted at the NCSPVA by students who are also health professionals.

Speakers include:

Claire Richards – Lecturer NCSPVA, University of Worcester

Barbara Tree – the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trusts pilot referral project; the first project of its kind within an ambulance service in England.

Joanne Thomas MA – Senior Lecturer University of Worcester – ‘an exploration of the attitudes and beliefs of student paramedics about domestic violence’

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Professor Louise Howard BSc MSc MPhil PhD MRCP MRCPsych – Kings College London

Professor Howard was Chair of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Guidance Development Group on Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health; is a professional member of the WHO and was on the NICE development group on Preventing and Reducing Domestic Violence She is Head of the Section of Women’s Mental Health at the Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Dr Lorna O’Doherty– Research Fellow, Violence and Interpersonal Aggression Group at Coventry University will present findings from her co-authored research on Screening women for intimate partner violence in healthcare settings

Patricia Hayward MA – Health Visitor and NCSPVA graduate will present the findings of her research ‘Support for Mothers Experiencing Domestic Abuse’

Who should attend?

This Training is suitable for Health Managers and health professionals, policy makers and commissioners, multi-agency professionals working with Health and anyone interested in Health responses to domestic violence

Venue: The Studio, the Hive, Worcester City Centre

Cost: £60 per person

To book a place, please contact Esther Dobson (Study Day, Conference & Events Coordinator): e.dobson@worc.ac.uk or 01905 542711