GPs urged to spot child abuse signs amid spike in referrals

REFERRALS to a support group for adult survivors of child abuse are growing rapidly, particularly among over-50s, prompting its president to issue a reminder for GPs to “keep trauma on their radar”.

Referrals to Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ACSA) increased 2.6-fold in the year to September 2014, with a particularly noteworthy rise among 50—59-year-olds.

President Dr Cathy Kezelman, a former GP, says few patients are ready to disclose a history of abuse unprompted. They are much more likely to present with a range of other issues such as chronic health problems, anxiety

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