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Letters Responding to domestic violence

Training doctors to respond to domestic violence: more than just communication skills

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 19 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2203
  1. Carley G Yapp, foundation year 2 doctor1
  1. 1Cheltenham General Hospital, Cheltenham GL53 7AN, UK
  1. carleyyapp{at}

Although training to enable doctors to enquire about domestic violence is crucial,1 this is only the first step. Training beyond lessons in communication skills would be needed for a clinician to understand the implications of the disclosure and its impact on the patient’s life, and to identify the patient’s immediate and long term needs. …

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