Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse seriously impacts on the health and welfare of adults, young people and children whether experienced as a victim or witness. People suffer domestic abuse regardless of their social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality or lifestyle and has a devasting effect on survivors, their children and the wider community.

The National Health Service (NHS) has a particular contribution to make in the drive to address domestic abuse. Guidance produced by the Department of Health (2005) has established domestic abuse as a major concern for all health care professionals and identifies the NHS as the one service that almost all victims of domestic abuse come into contact with regularly within their lifetime (either as the first or only part of contact with professionals).

NHS Portsmouth CCG has signed the Public Health Responsibility Deal of domestic abuse. This is aimed at organisations who want to support staff dealing with domestic abuse. Workplaces across the country are affected by domestic abuse due to the high prevalence and can play a key role in helping to support those who are facing such problems. The CCG is therefore committed to:

“treat people within our organisation with respect and dignity. We will do everything we can to prevent stalking, violence or abuse in the workplace or that which has an effect on people in the workplace, whether from a colleague, family member or anyone else. This will include having guidance in place which is suitable to the size of our organisation. The guidance will ensure that an appropriate, safe and sensitive response can be implemented and our employees supported when they raise such an issue.”

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. You do not have to put up with abuse of any kind. If it is happening to you or someone you know, find out how to keep safe and about local services here in Portsmouth, on the Safer Portsmouth website.

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