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by Professor Louise M.
Last reviewed: October 2019
Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is defined
as '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'
(HM Government, 2018a). It includes
psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, and
is a major public health problem.
Patients in contact with psychiatric services are at
particularly high risk of being victims of DVA, and there is also
evidence that mental disorder is associated with DVA
This module will improve your knowledge of the relationship
between DVA and mental health, and will enable you to identify and
safely respond to those at risk. The module will include
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aspects of homicide by Dr Darran Bloye and Dr Anna Machin
Podcast The role of mentalising in the management of
violence with Dr Gwen Adshead
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