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what to do when domestic violence is disclosed

Respect the wishes of the individual involved.

Discuss the individual’s immediate needs e.g. health care, personal safety etc.

Believe her and reassure her that the violence is not her fault.

Be sensitive and allow her to discuss her fears.

Respect her right to choose to staying the relationship.

Let her know that she is not alone in being abused.

Document the evidence - use body maps to show the nature and location of all injuries.

Record a statement from the victim/patient regarding how she was injured and who caused the injuries, also if appropriate record a statement regarding the history of violence.

Give written information regarding options and resources - details of Women’s Aid (helpline cards etc.), Social Work Departments etc.

Individuals should not be referred on to other agencies or organisations without their consent except in Child Protection cases.

Discuss a safety plan.

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