Nicola has long supported causes related to the prevention of domestic abuse, she is a Domestic Abuse Champion herself, and works closely with local prevention service Reducing the Risk which has developed a multi-agency strategy across front line staff; encouraging the sharing of best practice, a data base, and training sessions.
This week Nicola attended and spoke at the launch of SafeLives’ new report, A Cry for Health, which calls for every hospital in England and Wales to have specialist domestic abuse support on site. Such services provide a safe location to disclose any domestic abuse, and enables victims to access a package of support that they may not otherwise have access to.
Nicola spoke at the event to make clear her support for this work; she knows that health service providers have a role to play as we strive to tackle domestic abuse. Her experience of the Oxfordshire model highlights the importance of a joined up approach, and as Public Health Minister she is acutely aware of the physical and mental aspects of domestic abuse and the role that hospitals can play.
Nicola says: There is no place for domestic abuse in our society, and a whole system approach is absolutely essential in tackling this crime. We know there are many people affected who may not necessarily contact the Police but that come in to contact with health professionals and the Department of Health works with a range of domestic abuse organisations to get this approach right.