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RCOG statement on new NICE guidelines on domestic violence and abuse

News 26 February 2014

Today NICE publishes new guidelines on domestic violence and abuse. The guidance reviews all of the evidence around domestic violence, and sets out recommendations for training to help identify, prevent and reduce domestic violence.

It covers the broad spectrum of domestic violence and abuse, including violence perpetrated on men, same-sex relationships and on young people; and also recognises the impact of coercive and controlling behaviours in relationships, with reference to forced marriage and honour-based violence.

The guidance states that working in a multi-agency partnership is the most effective way to approach the issue at both an operational and strategic level. Initial and ongoing training and organisational support is also needed.

Dr David Richmond, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said, “We welcome the recommendation that service planning to tackle domestic abuse by local commissioners should adopt a multi-agency approach. These guidelines will help health and social care professionals to work closer together so that high quality care can be provided to female victims.

“Domestic violence during pregnancy can have fatal consequences for mother and baby and some women are known to suffer from other problems such as depression and/or alcohol misuse. These women have very complex needs. They don’t know about the support that is available to them, some don’t even attend antenatal care and as a result tend to have poor outcomes.

“We need to identify such girls and women sensitively so that we can monitor their progress and provide them with the support and protection they need.”


To view Domestic violence and abuse: how health services, social care and the organisations they work with can respond effectively (NICE PH50) please click here.