Staff Working to Help Domestic Abuse Victims Receive Support From RCN
The RCN have released a statement, setting out their goal to assist all nurses and midwives in understanding their role and responsibilities around domestic abuse. They want to cover all areas of abuse such as coercion, rape, homicide and sexual assault.
In order to do so, the RCN have created a pocket guide outlining the ways in which midwives and nurses can spot signs that their patients are victims of the abuse. The guide also identifies what steps and actions they should take in order to help in these situations.
Carmel Bagness, RCN Professional Lead for Midwifery and Women’s Health, said: “Domestic abuse is a highly complex issue and nursing and midwifery staff have a significant role to play.
“From health visitors to A&E nurses, all nursing staff need to be prepared to identify and help victims of domestic abuse whether they are male or female, adult or child.
“This statement affirms the RCN’s long-held commitment to helping nursing and midwifery staff best support victims, whilst lobbying for improved services across the UK.”