Domestic violence is publicly acknowledged and the Government now view this as a serious concern and not merely a social problem.
Health professionals; health visitors, school nurses and other members of the Primary Health Care Team have a responsibility to act and offer appropriate support or information. This may involve sharing information and working in partnership with other agencies.
Children may be directly or indirectly (accidentally) involved in domestic violence. Many children witness or hear the violence directed towards their mother (or father) and all children, however young, are likely to be aware of the distress caused.
Domestic violence has an impact on the children's emotional wellbeing that causes short and long term damage, and indicates that the child would be suffering significant harm.
To ensure a positive response to domestic violence by South East Herts Primary Care Trust, the community nursing staff are trained and supported to deal with all issues pertaining to domestic violence. This occurs by offering all families who have children under the age of 5 years the opportunity to discuss this.
For further information, please contact your health visitor, her number is in your Personal Child Health Records (red book).
Clinics available to you are:
You can also obtain support and medical advice from your own GP and NHS Direct (contact number:- 0845 4647).
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