Author(s):Professor Louise M. Howard
CPD domain:Clinical, Professional
Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is defined as 'controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality' (HM Government, 2018a). It includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, and is a major public health problem.
Patients in contact with psychiatric services are at particularly high risk of being victims of DVA, and there is also evidence that mental disorder is associated with DVA perpetration.
This module will improve your knowledge of the relationship between DVA and mental health, and will enable you to identify and safely respond to those at risk. The module will include information on:
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