Investigating health visitors' experiences of the screening process for domestic violence and abuse

Emma, Marie Morgan*, Michelle Thomas, Joanne Plaster

*Awdur cyfatebol y gwaith hwn

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid


The Healthy Child Wales Programme requires health visitors to screen for domestic violence and abuse (DVA), providing an opportunity to search for health needs, as defined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Open conversations, observation and assessment begin during the antenatal period as pregnant women are at a high risk of DVA during this time. Although women want to be asked about DVA, many do not disclose their experiences. Consequently, health visitors may struggle to recognise DVA, asking inadequate questions and responding ineffectively. This article outlines the findings of a policy analysis exercise and a literature review to shed light on ways in which health visitors support women who are victims of DVA. It identifies three themes: confidence; disclosure; and support. The review concludes that health visiting and midwifery services would benefit from working more collaboration and better information sharing to ensure that women are supported appropriately and to improve outcomes.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)22-30
CyfnodolynJournal of Health Visiting
Rhif cyhoeddi1
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar18 Ion 2023
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 31 Ion 2023

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