Violence Against Women and Mental Health

Violence against women is widely recognised as a violation of human rights and a public health problem. In this Series paper, we argue that violence against women is also a prominent public mental health problem, and that mental health professionals should be identifying, preventing, and responding to violence against women more effectively. The most common forms of violence against women are domestic abuse and sexual violence, and victimisation is associated with an increased risk of mental disorder.

Violence against Women and Girls: Supporting local commissioning

Guidance for commissioners and services in England on how to prevent and address the effects of violence against women and girls.

The toolkit is split into 4 sections:

  • analyse (how to understand the needs of users and identify gaps in existing services, plus opportunities for joint commissioning)
  • plan (how to develop a strategy and design a service specification)
  • do (market development and the tender process)
  • review (how to evaluate the impact of services)

National Domestic Homicide Review Case Analysis

This important report was produced for Standing Together and reveals systemic failings in the response to domestic violence murders. It looks at learning from 32 domestic homicide reviews across England and Wales and includes recommendations for different professionals including the police, adult social care, children's social care, health and schools.


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