An exploration of domestic violence and homelessness: What can doctors do?

An exploration of domestic violence and homelessness: What can doctors do?

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An exploration of domestic violence and homelessness: What can doctors do?

Background: Homelessness is a major public health issue in the U.K but also worldwide. There is an estimated 100 million homeless people worldwide and in England in 2010, 61,000 households were newly recognised as homeless. Domestic abuse is among the main causes of homelessness among women worldwide. Interpersonal violence is also a major issue worldwide with homeless people and people from low incomes most susceptible to it.

Aims: To find out through looking at the medical peace work course section 7 how interpersonal violence IPV including domestic violence can be managed and prevented and how it can have serious consequences for health.

Method: I signed up to take part in the medical peace work course and looked at Course 7 Chapter 1 most specifically which was titled “Preventing interpersonal violence.” Information was also gathered during time on placement at a service for the homeless. I referenced this SSM using the endnote program.

Results: Through taking part in the medical peace work course I was able to learn about the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence and what is currently being done and what can be done in the future to help combat this problem.

Conclusion: Overall there is good awareness of the link between domestic violence and homelessness but there are not enough policies and support services in place to decrease the number of women becoming homeless due to domestic violence. The medical peace work course is a valuable resource for people researching and wanting to learn more about the relationship between violence and health.

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