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Frontline responses to Intimate Partner Violence – new Access Evidence resource

CES has published a new Access Evidence resource, on the theme of Intimate Partner Violence. Access Evidence is a series of evidence reviews aimed at health and social care professionals along with other frontline practitioners. Access Evidence resources include key messages from research, data, practice wisdom and tools which are relevant for practice.

The pervasiveness of IPV came into sharp focus during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the world entered a series of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. There was a global surge in reported cases of domestic abuse, and services experienced unprecedented demand.

The policy context

In Ireland, a third national strategy on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is in development, with zero tolerance as the end goal. The strategy will rely on a high level of collaboration across sectors, departments and civil society organisations working together to support those most affected.

Prevention in practice

The health services are a common point of entry for disclosing Intimate Partner Violence, and health professionals play a critical role in responding to and referring victims. This review identifies some of the factors influencing how victims seek out help, and the importance of prevention and early intervention in identifying those at risk and facilitating access to appropriate support and services. This review also highlights good practice from different frontline services and describes interventions and techniques in use.

While this resource is primarily aimed at frontline professionals, it will also be of interest to policy makers and other stakeholders in learning more about Intimate Partner Violence and its impact on victims, children and families.

Read the report.