Hospitals to try and identify domestic violence victims in A&E

Hospital bedVictims support workers are to be deployed in several accident and emergency (A&E) departments across Greater Manchester in order to try and improve support services for victims of domestic violence.

The new initiative will see victims offered support at a significantly earlier stage than it had previously been available.

According to a Rochdale News report, the domestic abuse specialists will work alongside hospital staff to improve the identification of potential victims when they appear for treatment in A&E departments. They will also help to simplify the process of referring victims on to support services.

The scheme was pioneered in Bury and has now been extended to hospitals in Rochdale, Tameside, Bolton and Oldham. It will be extended still further to North Manchester hospital early next year.

The scheme was launched by Tony Lloyd, the current Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester. He said:

“I’ve met and listened to victims of domestic violence and this is exactly the sort of service they’ve been crying out for. We know there are thousands of victims suffering at the hands of someone who is supposed to love and care for them, with no one to turn to, afraid and not aware of how to get help. This initiative is a lifeline for these hidden victims, empowering them to access support services much earlier. Early intervention will also help break the cycle of abuse helping prevent children who may witness domestic abuse becoming the next generation of victims and perpetrators.”

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5 comments

Stitchedup - November 4, 2013 at 10:31pm

“According to a Rochdale News report, the domestic abuse specialists will work alongside hospital staff to improve the identification of potential victims when they appear for treatment in A&E departments.”

Potential victims?? If they are in hospital as a result of injury deliberately caused by a partner then they are victims not potential victims.

I hope this isn’t a brain washing exercise.

Andrew - November 5, 2013 at 12:29am

Of course if the (adult) patient says “Don’t tell anyone” I take it her wishes to keep matters confidential will be respected?

Anonymous - November 5, 2013 at 8:49am

I’m on the outside looking in. My cousin’s husband has been abusing her for years. This time, she was either pushed, thrown, or fell down the stairs after a beating from her husband. The end result was one leg broken, the previously replaced knee on the other leg was shattered, a broken tooth, a split lip that will require plastic surgery, and a hospital stay after she called 911 and whispered that she’d been hit and needed an ambulance. She didn’t identify herself, but when asked who had beaten her, she whispered her husbands name. The operator asked if she was safe. My cousin replied that she didn’t know. Her husband was upstairs. It was suggested that my cousin exit the home. She then related that she couldn’t because her leg was broken. Her sister and a brother identified her voice on the recorded 911 call.

The victim insists that she loves him and is going to go back to him. We understand that this is a typical symptom of the psychological disorder that develops in abuse and kidnapping cases where the victim identifies with the abuser or the kidnapper. She insists there’s no abuse and doesn’t want anyone to know what’s going on. Her sister has informed her that pretty much everyone already knows – from family to co-workers. I suspected something was wrong when I was quite young, and my suspicions were confirmed when I overheard my uncle say to her that ” … you knew what he was like when you married him.” He offered her and her two daughters shelter for years before he died.

How do we convince her that she needs to get out of this situation? We understand that she believes that she loves him, but does she also love being beaten? How can we help her to see though her own denial?

Anonymous - November 5, 2013 at 1:51pm

Wow, what’s Britain coming to?

If women and men are really beating each other to this extent, I think the country really needs to take a look at why.

There are all the usual explanations for this, warmongering politicians, violent films and the like, but I would venture that a lot of this violence comes down in large part to the absent father, who through court orders has been forced to pack his bags and the leave the children hopeless.

It would seem then that the single-parent charities that are anti-father (working in tandem with the courts) are directly related to the manufacturing of a highly violent culture in Britain, in which children grow up without proper morals and without an example of a how a harmonious family would look.

This is not to say that one parent cannot cultivate morals in their children, but surely growing up with two loving parents fully involved, preferably still together, would enhance childrens’ possibilities in their own relationships.

Instead, it would now appear from this latest post that family courts and pro-single-parent organizations have socially engineered a generation of monsters.

Paul - November 5, 2013 at 2:32pm

911 calls don’t register in this country; we do things differently here. A man ought to go to prison for an assault like that but no doubt there are plenty of sources of advice from where I think you hail from.

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