A. Dowrick, United Kingdom

University of Oxford Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
Dr Anna Dowrick is a qualitative social scientist currently based in the Medical Sociology and Health Experiences Research Group at Oxford University. Her research focuses on how social injustice manifests through experiences of health and illness, and current topics of research include: inequalities in experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, gender-based violence, and 'body-hacking' practices at the margins of healthcare. Anna's career has spanned research and public policy, and she is committed to co-producing research that can translated into change.

Presenter Of 2 Presentations

LIVE - ECP Workshop: Trauma and Public Mental Health (ID 840) No Topic Needed

Live Q&A

Session Icon
Live, ECP Session
Date
Mon, 12.04.2021
Session Time
08:00 - 09:30
Room
Channel 2
Lecture Time
09:08 - 09:28
LIVE - ECP Workshop: Trauma and Public Mental Health (ID 840) No Topic Needed

ECP0016 - Improving Health Care Response to Domestic Violence

Session Icon
Live, ECP Session
Date
Mon, 12.04.2021
Session Time
08:00 - 09:30
Room
Channel 2
Lecture Time
08:51 - 09:08

ABSTRACT

Abstract Body

1 in 4 women in Europe will experience domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in their lifetime. Abuse can take many forms, including, psychological, physical, sexual, financial, and emotional abuse. There is growing recognition of the health consequences of DVA in public policy and academic research across Europe and the globe. These include but are not limited to: a negative impact on mental health; increased substance misuse; increased presentation in emergency departments; increased rates of abortion or miscarriage; and increased presence of any sexual health problem.

International and national policy guidance indicates that healthcare professionals have important roles in responding to patients experiencing DVA, usually with regard to identifying abuse and referring for specialist support. Barriers to engaging in DVA relate to lack of confidence in recognising abuse or initiating conversations about it, stigma surrounding DVA, fears of exacerbating violence, limited awareness of the resources available to support patients, and limited training in providing trauma-informed medical care.

This session will give insight into efforts to improve the healthcare response to DVA. It will draw together examples of healthcare DVA programmes from across the globe and bring together lessons learnt about what works and what does not work in addressing DVA in clinical settings, with specific insights for professionals working in mental health services.

Hide