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National research[1] shows that all women think that the NHS (health visitors, GPs, hospitals, dentists, sexual health services, practice nurses) has a vital role in early identification and response to violence – particularly for those who are isolated and therefore more vulnerable – and also should have a key role in supporting and safeguarding women and children. Survivors saw the main issues and barriers to getting the help they needed as:
• healthcare staff not having time to let them disclose violence and see how to meet their needs;
• healthcare staff not knowing what to do with the problems of women who have experienced domestic violence, whether currently or in the past;
• healthcare staff not believing they had a problem, thinking it was part of their lifestyle or culture; and
• healthcare staff listening to accompanying abusive partners or family members instead of to the woman herself, or not understanding violence issues for lesbian and transgender women. Similar issues exist for other groups of women who might have had difficulty in communicating them: older women, women with learning disabilities or mental health issues, and women with language barriers, particularly if dependent on violent partners for translation.


References

[1]   Taskforce on the Health Aspects of Violence Against Women and Children. Responding to violence against women and children the role of the NHS 2010; Taskforce on the Health Aspects of Violence Against Women and Children. http://www.health.org.uk/media_manager/public/75/external-publications/Responding-to-violence-against-women-and-children%E2%80%93the-role-of-the-NHS.pdf .