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Midwives are not immune

Domestic violence and abuse affects professionals including midwives and others working in maternity services. Aside from co-creating this course, Dr Sally Pezaro has also worked in partnership with the Royal …

Introduction

This course, introduced in the video above, uses a research-inspired teaching framework to translate evidence on domestic violence and abuse (DVA) into education. It is intended for health professionals working …

Course summary

We have now reached the end of this research-inspired short course. We hope it has inspired you. Can you think of anyone else who might benefit from taking this course? …

Safety planning

Safety plans must be made in collaboration with the pregnant person; disempowering someone at this point could lead to disengagement with the support process altogether. Sensitively introducing a safety plan …

Disclosure of rape or sexual assault

Intimate partner perpetrated sexual violence is a neglected aspect of DVA (Tarzia, 2020) and yet it is one of the most damaging. A study based on a secondary analysis of …

Validate the person’s experiences

The woman/birthing person has disclosed to you that they have been exposed to abuse at the hands of their partner (or ex-partner): what can be offered next? Drawing on the …

Safety assessment

The woman or birthing person has disclosed and you have validated their experiences and difficulties. Before the consultation comes to a close, it is imperative that you check in with …

Limits of care

It is important to recognise the limits of care delivered by clinicians/health professionals. It is not the responsibility of staff to solve violence-related issues, address all violence-related needs or to …

Barriers to disclosure

When healthcare providers have insight into and empathy for the complex factors that prevent disclosure of DVA, they are more likely to create the conditions that allow a person to …

Review of the week

This week, we have explored definitions of domestic violence and abuse along with the maternal and foetal risks, outcomes and impacts associated with DVA in pregnancy. In addition to consequences, …

Guidance on questioning

We will now further examine what is involved in the inquiry aspects of the LIVES approach (WHO, 2014). Fundamentally, the framing and use of direct questions can be an effective …

Screening tools

There are several ‘screening’ tools used in healthcare settings. The HITS (see below) is an example of one such instrument, originally developed and validated for use in family practice clinics. …

Disclosure and non-disclosure

Here we are talking specifically about two situations: where DVA has been disclosed, and where DVA has not been disclosed but is suspected. The women/birthing persons discloses an experience of …
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