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1st Edition

Domestic Violence
A Handbook for Health Care Professionals

ISBN 9780415282208
Published April 16, 2004 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

This Handbook provides a clear introduction to the theoretical debates surrounding the topic of domestic violence, and also offers practical advice on possible interventions. Focusing on improving the care of clients it covers:

  • the causes and consequences of domestic violence
  • personal and professional issues for the practitioner
  • domestic violence and the law
  • the process of effective intervention
  • interventions in specific health care settings
  • interventions where children are involved
  • multi-agency approaches
  • education and training.

Taking an evidence-based approach to practical problems, Domestic Violence is an invaluable resource for nurses, doctors and other health practitioners who deal with the consequences of domestic violence in their daily work.

Table of Contents

1. Domestic Violence – A Healthcare Issue  2. The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Health  3. Abuse in Other Intimate Relationships  4. The Response of the Health Professionals to Domestic Violence  5. A Critique of Existing Healthcare Provision  6. Domestic Violence in a Variety of Clinical Settings  7. Domestic Violence and Children  8. Domestic Violence and the Legal System  9. Multi-Agency Approach to Domestic Violence  10. Existing Challenges and Future Opportunities  11. Making a Difference – The Way Forward

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Lyn Shipway, Principal Lecturer in the School of Health Care Practice, has 18 years experience teaching health care students. Previously a night sister with expertise in Accident and Emergency, Orthopaedic, and Paediatric nursing, she has long had an interest in working with students to explore the psychological and social needs of various client groups as well as their biological health deficits.


'This book makes a valuable contribution in pulling together a practical handbook for addressing domestic violence.' – 

'Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Health Professionals is both informative and educational addressing such issues as child protection, mental health and sexual health. It provides a functional resource ensuring that the theoretical background is provided along with practical solutions to a difficult subject.' – Accident and Emergency Nursing Journal