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What is gender-based violence?

What is gender-based violence? Domestic violence and abuse is a form of gender-based violence. The terms “gender-based violence” (GBV) and “violence against women” (VAW) are often used interchangeably since most …

COVID19 and Domestic Violence

It is important to understand how COVID19 has affected domestic violence and abuse and what role healthcare professionals can play in this regard. The incidence and prevalence of violence against …

Thank you and farewell

Congratulations, you have now reached the end of Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence. If you have enjoyed the course, please do leave us a review on Class Central. This helps …

Further study with us

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How does the law protect victims?

Around the world, at least 119 countries have passed laws on domestic violence. 125 have laws on sexual harassment and 52 have laws on marital rape. In this video, we …

Can men be victims of DVA?

Domestic abuse is often discussed as a women’s issue because the majority of domestic abuse is experienced by women (and perpetrated by men). However, domestic abuse also happens to lots …

Multi-agency partnerships

There are a range of professionals, provider services and specialist agencies who can work alongside healthcare professionals to support victims of DVA. This is known as a ‘multi-agency response’ and …

Practitioner advice: practical considerations

In this video, our expert practitioners offer some practical advice for supporting victims, including how they plan for the victim’s safety. What do you think? Do you have any experience …

Making a safety plan

In moments of crisis, it can be hard to think clearly and make logical decisions. Having a safety plan laid out in advance can help the victim to avoid dangerous …

Screening and recording

Routine or universal screening is an effective way to identify victims of DVA. Asking all patients the same standard questions can help to legitimise the need for a conversation about …

Practitioner advice: Talking to victims

In this video, our expert practitioners offer their advice on how to talk to someone that you suspect is experiencing DVA. What do you think? Do you have any experience …

Starting the conversation

Even if you suspect abuse might be occurring, it can still be difficult to bring up it up. Many professionals have reported feeling reluctant to ask patients about DVA. However, …

Summing up and looking ahead

Well done on completing the second week of the course. This week we’ve explored the devasting impacts of domestic violence and abuse and learned how to recognise potential victims. Understanding …

Practitioner advice: spotting the signs

In this video, our expert practitioners explain what signs and symptoms they look out for in potential victims of DVA. What do you think Have you noticed any signs or …