BMA report

Tackling violence against women

We outline the scale of the problem of gender-based violence and the role of healthcare professionals in identifying abuse and referring cases.
Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Tuesday 31 March 2020
Topics: Public health
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What you will get from this report

  • Background, statistics, and case studies on violence against women.
  • Actions for healthcare professionals.
  • Actions for policymakers.

 

Key findings

  • Responding to the scale of the problem is the largest challenge facing health care - further improvements are needed in terms of multi-agency working and information sharing.
  • Particular challenges exist around responding to non-recent violence and abuse, non-physical forms of abuse, and working with an ageing population.
  • The healthcare system is used by those perpetrating violence and abuse as well as those experiencing it. GPs are particularly likely to come into contact with perpetrators and need training and resources to make appropriate referrals.

 

Topics
  • Introduction
  • Understanding the scale of the problem
  • Responding to the scale of the problem is the largest challenge facing
    health care
  • Responding to acute needs through multi-agency working
  • Responding to non-recent violence and abuse
  • Dealing with non-physical forms of abuse
  • Working with an aging population
  • Putting perpetrators into the (healthcare) frame
  • Actions for healthcare professionals
  • Actions for policy makers