Public Health

Domestic Abuse

Some statistics
  • 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime - many of these on a number of occasions*
  • 1 in 6 men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime*
  • One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute*
  • On average 2 women a week are killed by a current or former male partner*
  • 1 in 9 is severely physically abused each year*
  • 30 men a year are killed within a domestic abuse context
Trust approach
  • Trust is committed to support all aspects of domestic abuse including identifying links with forced marriages, hate crime, alcohol and substance misuse and child protection
  • Awareness training within the Accident and Emergency department at Watford General Hospital
  • Ante natal midwives and community midwives direct mums-to-be to the appropriate professional external organisation
  • Collaborate work with the Sunflower Centre and the Watford Women's Refuge
  • Patient information literature - business cards, leaflets and posters disseminated across all three Trust sites
  • Staff support offered
Links to specialist organisations

* Source: www.womensaid.org.uk

† Source: www.domesticviolencelondon.nhs.uk

See also: UK Parliament Briefing Paper: 'Domestic Violence Statistics' 10 March 2010

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