Doubt over effectiveness of domestic violence training

TRAINING GPs to identify women experiencing domestic violence dramatically increases referral to specialist services, a new study shows, but experts question whether it actually benefits the victims.

In the UK study, 24 general practice teams were given prompts in their medical record software to ask women about abuse, and training sessions were delivered by domestic violence experts who also acted as the advocate for
referral.

The research showed that practices trained to identify cases of domestic abuse referred 223 women to advocacy over a 12-month period, compared with only 12 referrals from practices not given the intervention.

Similarly, practices in the intervention group recorded three times more cases of domestic violence than the control group.

“We showed… clinician behaviour with regards to domestic violence – a major public health and healthcare issue that has largely been ignored in clinical

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