Women affected by DVA are three times more likely to have gynaecological and sexual health problems. 47% of women attending sexual health services will have experienced DVA at some point in their lives and these services can be the first point of contact for support. Sexual health practitioners can have a key role in supporting women to access advocacy services but most haven’t had much training in identifying and responding to DVA.
ADViSE (Assessing for Domestic Violence and Abuse in Sexual Health Environments) adapts the IRIS programme for use in sexual health clinics to support sexual health staff to recognise the signs and symptoms of women affected by DVA, ask them whether they are affected, give a validating response and to then offer and make referrals to specialist services in line with British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASSH) DVA guidance.
ADViSE has been piloted in sexual health clinics in Bristol and East London. The quantitative evaluation found that women from each clinic were identified and referred to specialist services. During the three months before the pilot, there were no referrals to DVA services at either site. The qualitative evaluation found that sexual health clinic staff felt that asking about and referring women on to DVA services was appropriate and valuable. They responded favourably to the training and felt more confident about asking about DVA and managing disclosures.
Each sexual health clinic and service that becomes part of the ADViSE programme benefits from working with a named Advocate Educator who provides support to both the practice and the women that are recognised and referred.
“Without the sexual health service asking and referring her, she (young woman) may not have accessed any DVA support. She did not attend general practice very often and no other service was involved with her. Sexual health were ideally placed to identify and refer her on to specialist support with the ADViSE service.”ADViSE Advocate Educator
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