Domestic Abuse Aware Practice

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The staff at Stainland Road Medical Centre are trained to ask about Domestic Abuse. You can talk to the doctors, nurses or other staff working at the surgery.

Did you know that every year in the UK almost two million people suffer from domestic abuse?

Abuse can take many forms and it can affect anyone from any background, regardless of their gender or sexuality. One in four women and one in six men will suffer domestic abuse at some time in their lives, and in some cases, this will result in hospitalisation or, sadly, it can even be fatal.

The UK government’s definition of domestic violence is “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to, psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional” abuse.

As noted above, domestic abuse can take different forms, including:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Coercive and controlling behaviour, and gaslighting/emotional abuse.
  • Digital/online abuse
  • So-called ‘honour-based’ violence
  • Forced marriage.

Our staff are here to help & there are also links on our Health Information page, under Safeguarding.