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Midwives reflections: Exploring attitudes, feelings and experiences when caring for women who are being abusedDomestic violence is a global concern and a major public health issue for midwives. In this article, the authors describe an in-service training programme developed to increase midwives' understanding of domestic violence as well as the use of reflective practice as a learning tool in exploring attitudes and experiences of midwives
Stop! Silent screamsThere is evidence to suggest that pregnancy may trigger or exacerbate domestic violence. Domestic violence is recognised to be a significant contributory factor to maternal, fetal morbidity and mortality. The midwife is ideally placed to recognise domestic abuse and offer care, support and information. This article describes and discusses the multi-complex issues surrounding domestic abuse. It highlights possible indicators, how to ask questions, the importance of documenting evidence and explores ways that midwives can be responsive to the needs of abused women and their children.