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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds First you should know about risk groups. So there are certain groups that are at more risk of experiencing domestic violence such as pregnant women. There is a 30% increased risk of domestic violence in pregnant women. Other groups include people with mental health conditions, people who are drug dependent or alcohol dependent. And of course, the single most important group that you need to think about domestic violence are people who have experienced domestic violence before. And that cannot be forgotten. So, it’s important to know that domestic violence doesn’t present with any one, two or three specific symptoms or signs that are particularly indicative of domestic violence.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds There are a broad range of signs and symptoms that can point towards a case of domestic violence. Signs and symptoms can be varied. They can include things such as a change in the mental health situations. So increased depressive symptoms for example, unexplained symptoms, -where a patient might have pains or elements of aches that cannot be explained by any other cause. One might also be suspicious of domestic violence where a patient is always coming to the appointments with an escort, or with their partner. You might think about domestic violence where a patient becomes more withdrawn or quiet within their consultation.

Skip to 1 minute and 43 seconds Other signs might include for example, where a patient doesn’t show up to the important hospital or clinic appointments, -and they can include many, many other signs and symptoms.

Risk groups, signs & symptoms

Who are the patients at risk of domestic violence, and what are the signs and symptoms that we should look for?

Spend a few minutes watching this interview with Dr Davina Kaur Patel, a medical doctor and field practitioner from the UK.

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