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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is a complex issue that all health care professionals should have some understanding about. They should be aware of who is affected, how individual victims may present in differing health care settings, how the subject could be approached, and most importantly what professionals can do to help and support victims of abuse. Use this guide to find information resources about all aspects of domestic abuse including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 06/07/2020

Key Resources

Department of Health (2017) Domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals, London: DH.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2016) Domestic violence and abuse: NICE quality standard QS116, London: NICE.
RCN: Domestic abuse general resources and support

Royal College of Nursing (2017) Domestic abuse pocket guide, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2017) Domestic abuse pocket guide, London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2017) RCN position statement on domestic abuse, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2017) RCN position statement on domestic abuse, London: RCN. 
World Health Organization (2013) Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women: WHO clinical and policy guidelines, WHO: Geneva.

Books

Bewley S, Welch J (2014) ABC of domestic and sexual violence, Hoboken: Wiley. Bewley S, Welch J (2014) ABC of domestic and sexual violence
Collis S (2015) Hearing young people talk about witnessing domestic violence: exploring feelings, coping strategies and pathways to recovery, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Collis S (2015) Hearing young people talk about witnessing domestic violence: exploring feelings, coping strategies and pathways to recovery, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Giardino AP, Giardino E R (2010) Intimate partner violence: a resource for professionals working with children and families, St. Louis.: STM Learning. Giardino AP, Giardino E R (2010) Intimate partner violence: a resource for professionals working with children and families, St. Louis.: STM Learning.
Hamel J (2013), Gender-inclusive treatment of intimate partner abuse, evidence-based approaches (2nd edition), New York: Springer. Hamel J (2013), Gender-inclusive treatment of intimate partner abuse, evidence-based approaches (2nd edition), New York: Springer.
Malley KB, Warren JC and Barefoot KN (2017) LGBT health: meeting the needs of gender and sexual minorities, New York: Springer. Malley KB, Warren JC and Barefoot KN (2017) LGBT health: meeting the needs of gender and sexual minorities, New York: Springer.
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McOrmond-Plummer L, Easteal P and Levy-Peck J (editors) (2013) Intimate partner sexual violence: a multidisciplinary guide to improving services and support for survivors of rape and abuse, London: Jessica Kingsley. McOrmond-Plummer L, Easteal P and Levy-Peck J (editors) (2013) Intimate partner sexual violence: a multidisciplinary guide to improving services and support for survivors of rape and abuse, London: Jessica Kingsley.
Miller CA (2016) Elder abuse and nursing: what nurses need to know and can do about it, New York: Springer. Miller CA (2016) Elder abuse and nursing: what nurses need to know and can do about it, New York: Springer.
Motz A (2014) Toxic couples: the psychology of domestic violence, Florence: Taylor and Francis. Motz A (2014) Toxic couples: the psychology of domestic violence, Florence: Taylor and Francis.
Murray CE, Crowe A (2016) Overcoming the stigma of intimate partner abuse, London: Routledge. Murray CE, Crowe A (2016) Overcoming the stigma of intimate partner abuse, London: Routledge.
 O’Shea J (2011) Abuse: domestic violence, workplace and school bullying, London: Atrium. O’Shea J (2011) Abuse: domestic violence, workplace and school bullying, London: Atrium.
Sammut SC, Vetere A, Abela A and Cooper J (2017) Intervening after violence: therapy for couples and families, Cham: Springer. Sammut SC, Vetere A, Abela A and Cooper J (2017) Intervening after violence: therapy for couples and families, Cham: Springer.
Wendt S and Zannettino L (2014) Domestic violence in diverse contexts: a re-examination of gender, London: Routledge Wendt S and Zannettino L (2014) Domestic violence in diverse contexts: a re-examination of gender, London: Routledge

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