Domestic Abuse is defined as any incidence of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who have been intimate partners or family members, regardless or gender or sexuality (Home Office, 2006). It also includes forced marriages, honour killings and sexual mutilation.
Thorough training in domestic abuse allows professionals to routinely screen for domestic abuse, accurately assess its impact and implement appropriate support.
It is essential that front line workers understand the impact of abuse on the victims and their children to help protect them and prevent them from further abuse. It is also essential that front line workers have a thorough knowledge of the local services available to help victims.
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