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SaveLives New Report: A Cry for Health

SaveLives have released a report on why we must invest in domestic abuse services in hospitals

“SafeLives has called on every hospital in England and Wales to have specialist domestic abuse support onsite. Health providers must be part of the long-term solution to tackle domestic abuse.”

“An estimated 2.1 million people in the UK suffer some form of domestic abuse each year – around 1.4 million women (8.5% of the population) and 700,000 men (4.5% of the population).1 In the 12 months to March 2015, the police service in England and Wales received more than 900,000 calls about domestic abuse – an average of over 100 calls an hour. Domestic abuse victims and their children are among the most vulnerable in society; domestic abuse accounts for 10% of all recorded crime... Each year, more than 100,000 British adults are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse. Over 130,000 children live in these homes” A cry for Help, Safe Lives, November 2016

The findings of SafeLives' research, which provides evidence from over 4,000 victims supported in hospital and community settings, show that we are missing opportunities to identify victims of domestic abuse – particularly the most vulnerable – and that locating a team of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (Idvas) within a hospital is a key way to address this.

SafeLives is calling for hospital-based Idvas to be integrated as part of a whole-system approach to support which include community based specialist domestic abuse services, mental health and health services. The charity believes that this provides a way of reaching the 4 out of 5 victims who never contact the police as well as providing an opportunity to save money through earlier identification.


For the Full A Cry for Help SaveLives Report Click Here

Future events of interest:

Masterclass: Individual Management Reviews for Domestic Homicide Reviews & the use of Root Cause Analysis
Tuesday 7 February 2017
Doubletree, Hilton London, West End, London

Domestic Violence and Adult Safeguarding
Friday 3 March 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

16 November 2016


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