New guidance is being published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) regarding domestic violence. The guidance aims to raise awareness among those who come into contact with victims of abuse (primarily healthcare professionals).
Statistics show that every year 1.2 million women and 284,000 men in England and Wales experience domestic violence. According to experts however, these already high figures are probably an underestimation as many cases go unreported.
The guidelines published by NICE say doctors and nurses require training to better equip themselves when issues of domestic violence arise. This includes asking questions when violence is suspected and encouraging victims to seek help from specialist services.
The health watchdog are also keen to get universities and medical schools to make sure training about domestic violence is covered in their curriculums, and to strengthen any existing content on the subject.