GPs need better training to help children affected by domestic violence

A new study has found that although health professionals are becoming more aware of patients who may be experiencing domestic violence, the needs of children are often ignored. Research from Bristol and Central Lancashire Universities found that GPs lack confidence in helping children who are exposed to domestic violence, and that there needs to be better training and information-sharing between agencies. The authors of the study describe the development of an evidence-based training intervention on domestic violence and child safeguarding for GP teams called RESPONDS.

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