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Discover how you can better support people experiencing domestic violence and abuse in pregnancy.
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Explore the challenges of providing care for DVA in the context of pregnancy
Around 1 in 12 people are exposed to domestic violence and abuse (DVA) during pregnancy.
Health appointments during this time are a good opportunity for maternity staff and other health professionals to ask people about DVA and offer support. Maternity staff routinely screen for DVA, yet disclosure and referral rates remain low.
On this course, you will discover the research, guidelines and techniques for screening for DVA more effectively.
You will have the opportunity to enhance your ability to support victims and contribute to creating change in DVA rates during pregnancy.
- Defining domestic violence and abuse
- Domestic violence and abuse in the context of pregnancy, labour and postnatal settings
- Barriers and opportunities for disclosure in the context of childbearing
- Enhanced screening practices
- Enhanced responses to disclosure in the context of childbearing
- Midwives’ personal experiences of domestic violence and abuse
- Professional wellbeing
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for midwives and maternity staff caring for people giving birth and their families.
It may also offer useful guidance for any professional providing care for pregnant people and in the postpartum period.
Please note that the staff referred to in the “Who will you learn with” section below may be subject to change.