Patients require close follow-up after disclosure of domestic violence. We must ensure that the patient leaves with an appointment to be reviewed within a short period of time.
Referral to other services and agencies depends on the patient’s need and the availability of local resources. Examples of relevant services and specialised agencies include:
- Psycho-social support
- Legal services
- Child protection agency
- Psychological therapy
- Women’s shelter
- Domestic violence support organisation
Marc is following up. Illustration: Roger Libesch
It is also crucial that the patient’s history and details of their case are documented carefully, as it may serve as evidence in any legal proceedings that the patient might want to undertake.
Next, we’ll see how the referral pathway works in the UK.