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A day in the life of a hospital Idsva service

As part of the 16 Days of Action against Gender-based Violence, we’re looking at the Health response to domestic abuse. Communications Officer Ruth went to spend a day with a hospital-based Idsva (Independent domestic and sexual violence advisor) service to find out more about how being located in the hospital helps them to support their clients. 

'Early intervention is going to save lives' - domestic abuse support in hospitals

Mandie Burston was the Royal College of Nursing's Nurse of the Year in 2015, and is a passionate advocate for domestic abuse awareness in Health settings.

With no bias or boundary domestic abuse continues to infiltrate every sector of life, where no one is immune. It can begin at any time in life, it is rarely a one off event, and it is devastating and destructive to those directly and indirectly affected.

'I want to let them know they're not on their own' – training tomorrow's GPs on domestic abuse

Recent research found that the current level of domestic abuse training given to future GPs is inadequate. As part of the 16 Days of Action against gender based violence, we’re calling for domestic abuse training to be provided to all medical professionals.

Reflections on the role of the Hospital Idva

Kathy Bonney is Head of Safeguarding at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. In this blog post, she discusses the impact of having an Idva embedded within the hospital Safeguarding team.

Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding 

The Care Act 2014 came into force in April 2015 and defined adult safeguarding as 'working with adults with care and support needs to keep them safe from abuse or neglect'. It sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other health and social care agencies should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

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"I've gained the experience and ability to support my clients better": reflections on SafeLives Idva training

Independent domestic violence advisors (Idvas) are an advocate for victims of domestic abuse. They act as a single point of contact, supporting their clients to be safe from abuse and helping them to rebuild their lives. Over the last ten years at SafeLives we’ve trained over 2,100 Idvas, helping them to gain professional recognition for the vital work they do. SafeLives Communications Officer Ruth Davies caught up with Sharon Griffiths, who has just completed her Foundation Idva course.

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