Staff offered new training for tackling domestic violence cases

All health staff in Scotland are to be offered new guidance and
training in dealing with cases of domestic violence following an
announcement by Malcolm Chisholm, minister for health and community

The new guidance has been issued by the executive in draft form
for consultation. It has three main aims: prevention, legal
protection for victims and making available the right care and
support when required.

It also calls for skills in identifying domestic abuse, creation
of a confidential environment for victims, staff developing and
awareness of the prevalence and meticulous recording of all

Chisholm said: “Tackling violence and in particular violence in
families is a central plank of our programme. I want to make sure
that the NHS is at the forefront of improving the well-being of
women, children and all survivors of violence.”

The draft guidance on domestic abuse is out for consultation
until 20 September. Copies of the document can be obtained from
0131 244 2272.








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