Spotlight #7: Domestic abuse and mental health



What the data tells us


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For this Spotlight, we are proud to be partnering with AVA – Against Violence and Abuse – a leading UK charity committed to ending gender based violence and abuse. 

What you can expect

Our seventh Spotlight focuses on victims and survivors of domestic abuse who experience mental health difficulties.

We know that domestic abuse can have a severe and lasting impact on mental health, and that survivors often find it difficult to access the support they need. Our research also shows that victims and survivors with mental health problems are more likely to have other complex needs. We must see the whole picture for every victim, survivor and family so that everyone can be free to live the lives they want to live.

Through a combination of blogs, podcasts and videos, we’ll be posting the latest research, practical resources and guidance. We also want to hear from you: join the conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #SafeAndWell.

You'll find new content every week – so bookmark this page for the latest updates, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay in the loop.


Donna Covey, Chief Executive AVA – Why mental health support for survivors of domestic abuse is so vital

Sarah Hughes, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence – Tips for mental health professionals working with survivors

Amber Canham – A view from the frontline: the role of the Mental Health Idva

Vickie Crompton, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership Manager for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – Collaboration between Idvas and CPNs

Kathryn Lake, Mental Health Community Nurse for the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust – Domestic abuse: how can Community Mental Health Nurses respond?

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