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Mothers' and health visitors' perceptions of the support provided to mothers who have experienced domestic violence

Eynon, J., Carrier, J. and Cartwright, A.

 

Background

Domestic violence has been described as a public health epidemic, with victims of domestic violence encountered in all health care settings. Within the United Kingdom the role of the health visitor (specialist community public health nurse) is to promote health in the whole community; every family with a child under five years has a named health visitor. Preparation for the health visitor role is unique to the United Kingdom. Health visitors are particularly well placed to identify and support mothers who are experiencing domestic violence.