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The new quality standard for Domestic Violence has been published

Professor Gene Feder Advisory Group Member of the Domestic Violence Quality Standard at NICE gives an update at today’s identifying and supporting victims of Domestic Violence conference on:

• priorities and challenges for implementation

• developing effective training and education

In his presentation Professor Feder discucussed the Domestic Violence Quality Standard which has now been published

This quality standard covers domestic violence and abuse in adults and young people aged 16 years and over. It covers adults and young people who are experiencing (or have experienced) domestic violence or abuse, as well as adults and young people perpetrating domestic violence or abuse. It also covers children and young people under 16 years who are affected by domestic violence or abuse that is not directly perpetrated against them. This includes those taken into care.

The term 'domestic violence and abuse' is used to mean any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling behaviour, coercive behaviour or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are family members or who are, or have been, intimate partners. This includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse. It also includes 'honour'‑based violence and forced marriage.

Abstract of Professor Feder’s presentation

The NICE Domestic Violence and Abuse guidelines were published in February 2014. Like all clinical and public health guidelines, their implementation has been patchy, not least when mental health, public health and local authority budgets are being cut. NICE quality standards are a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable improvements in the 3 dimensions of quality – patient safety, patient experience and clinical effectiveness – for a particular area of health or care. They are a  mechanism for prioritising guidance for implementation by service providers and by commissioners in clinical commissioning groups and local authorities.

The  domestic violence and abuse quality standard has 4 statements:

1. People presenting with indicators of possible domestic violence or abuse are asked about their experiences in a private discussion.

2. People experiencing domestic violence and abuse receive a universal level 1 or 2 response from frontline staff.

3.  People experiencing domestic violence or abuse are offered referral to specialist support services.

4. People disclosing they perpetrate domestic violence or abuse are offered referral to specialist services.

I will discuss the rationale for these statements, how they can help improve the health service response to domestic violence, and how we can tackle the obstacles to their implementation

The full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Professor Gene Feder’s Biography:

Gene Feder qualified at Guy's Hospital medical school in 1982 and trained as a GP. He was a principal in Hackney, east London for 21 years until he moved to Bristol in 2007. His research group carried out the first epidemiological study of domestic violence in primary care in Europe, landmark systematic reviews on domestic violence screening and on survivors’ expectations of clinicians, and randomized controlled trials of domestic violence interventions. He led the NIHR-funded Programme of Research on Violence in diverse Domestic Environments:, was co-editor of Intimate partner abuse and health professionals and of Domestic violence and mental health. He chaired the 2010 domestic violence subgroup of the Department of Health’s task-force on responding to violence against women and children, the 2013 WHO intimate partner violence guideline development group and the 2014 NICE domestic violence programme development group. From 2011 to 2014 he was the RCGP domestic violence clinical champion.

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Download: Prof Gene Feder full presentation

2 March 2016


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