Domestic Abuse

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 18th March 2011.

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Photo of Cathy Peattie Cathy Peattie Labour

Question S3W-40471

To ask the Scottish Executive how many women attending accident and emergency departments on each day from 22 January to 4 February 2011 disclosed, as a result of the gender-based violence action plan, that they were abused by a partner and how many indicated that they (a) had or (b) had not reported the abuse to the police, broken down by NHS board.

Photo of Cathy Peattie Cathy Peattie Labour

Question S3W-40472

To ask the Scottish Executive how many women attending accident and emergency departments on each day from 19 February to 4 March 2011 disclosed, as a result of the gender-based violence action plan, that they were abused by a partner and how many indicated that they (a) had or (b) had not reported the abuse to the police, broken down by NHS board.

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Routine enquiry of domestic abuse has not yet been systematically introduced within Accident and Emergency services in NHS boards in Scotland, therefore data on numbers of disclosures is not currently held centrally. The National Gender-based Violence Team is working with NHS boards to support the rolling out of routine enquiry of abuse in the priority settings identified in Chief Executive’s Letter (CEL_41 (2008)). Routine enquiry of domestic abuse will not include systematically recording whether the abuse has been reported to the police.

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