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ABC of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Bewley, Susan and Jan Welch (Eds)
BMJ Books / Wiley-Blackwell / Softcover / 2014-05-01 / 1118482182
Violence / General Practice
price: $37.95 (may be subject to change)
136 pages
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ABC of Domestic and Sexual Violence is a practical guide for all health care professionals who are looking after abused individuals (whether knowingly or not) and who wish to learn more in order to help their patients. It employs a positive and hands on approach, emphasising simple history taking skills and clinical ‘tips’ and pitfalls to help demystify what is often considered a sensitive or difficult subject area.

This new ABC title covers background and epidemiology, including: international and cultural perspectives, common presentations, how to identify abuse, and guidance on subsequent acute and longer-term medical and psychosocial interventions. It provides guidance on legal perspectives including documentation and sources of help and advice. While focusing mainly on women, it will also cover aspects relating to children and men. It also incorporates victim testimonies and case scenarios throughout.

From a multidisciplinary team of contributors ABC of Domestic and Sexual Violence is ideal for all general practitioners, accident and emergency, practice nurses, health visitors, midwives, social workers, and other primary and secondary care health care professionals.


“Case histories blend with medical personnel insights with contributions coming from a multidisciplinary team of experts to make for a basic reference for a wide range of practitioners, from emergency workers to nurses, midwives, social workers and more.” (Midwest Book Review, 1 November 2014)

This thorough, evidence based, diligently created book deserves to be on hand for all doctors who are faced with these complex, difficult problems. This book answered all my questions - including some I didn't know I needed answers to. (Margaret McCartney, GP)

The health and care professions have long needed an evidence-based reference text on domestic and sexual violence. This compilation of high-quality review chapters is highly readable and a rich resource of evidence on what works, as well as offering (sometimes harrowing) detail on the different kinds of domestic and sexual trauma. (Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry)

This is an excellent, desperately needed book, written and presented in a clear and accessible way that will be of vital use for any health care professional. Too often, this area is neglected in the training of health care professionals and yet doctors, nurses, midwives and social workers are often the first people that victims of domestic and sexual violence confide in. Those in the healthcare setting are in a unique position to identify victims and intervene, yet without adequate understanding and knowledge of this topic, there is a real risk that we profoundly let our patients down. This book is the answer to this. Bringing together world renowned experts in the field, this is an instant classic and compulsory reading for every healthcare professional. (Dr Max Pemberton, Doctor and Daily Telegraph columnist, author of ‘The Doctor Will See You Now')

About the Editors:

Susan Bewley, Kings College London and NHS London, UK

Jan Welch, King's College Hospital, London and South Thames Foundation School, UK

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