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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to our case week on domestic violence! Many health workers daily see patients who have been beaten, threatened, sexually abused, or neglected - by family members, close friends, or caretakers. But, many health workers do not know this, or maybe do not want to know this; despite of the fact that the health effects of domestic violence are vast and long lasting. In this week’s case work you will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of physical, psychological, or sexual violence. How to remove structural and cultural barriers to disclosure amongst patients, and to ask the right questions. Finally, you will conduct a danger assessment and safety planning, and you will get prepared for following-up such patients and refer them to available resources.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 secondsYou will learn all this by watching the example of a multidisciplinary health clinic in London, and by interviews of healthcare practitioners from UK and Norway. Domestic violence is quite common and affects the health and well-being of many patients. The good news is that it often can be prevented and it’s health effects minimized. Let’s follow Marc from the Circle Health Centre in London. He will explain the problem and demonstrate the health-workers’ role in identification and response.

Welcome to the case of Week 1

In this week we will explore the problem of domestic violence, and the role of health workers in preventing and reducing this health issue. The main focus will be on secondary prevention, when a patient is living in a violent home or close relationship. However, we will also discuss tertiary prevention, which takes place after domestic violence has occurred.

The main educator for this week is Klaus Melf, supported by Davina Kaur Patel and Anne Berit Lunde.

Image showing the co-educators, Dr Davina Kaur Patel and Anne Berit Lunde

This week’s case will follow Dr Marc and six patients - they are all fictional characters. However, they are based on the real-life clinical experiences of health workers and their patients, whose identities we want to protect. The “Circle Health Clinic” represents health institutions in UK and elsewhere that are working to tackle the issue of domestic violence.

Spend a few minutes watching the introductory video above, then continue to the next step.

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