Nurses three times more likely to experience domestic abuse

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Nurses are three times more likely to have experienced domestic abuse in the last year than the average person (14% compared with 4.4% nationally) according to new research, published in a report by Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

Skint, shaken yet still caring. But who is caring for our nurses?’ includes findings from a survey of more than 2,200 nurses, midwives and health care assistants (HCAs) and reveals that those in the profession are also twice as likely to be unable to afford basic necessities as the average person and more than two in five nurses have a physical or mental health condition expected to last longer than a year. The charity, which gives money and support to nurses, midwives and HCAs facing a crisis, commissioned the survey to gauge the quality of life of nursing professionals.

According to the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) one of the many, complex reasons nurses are experiencing higher levels of domestic abuse is because of the values they uphold in their daily roles, such as care, compassion and courage. The report also revealed that one in every seven (14%) nurses has experienced domestic abuse in the past year and that one in 50 (2.2%) nurses has been injured as a result of domestic violence in the last year.

Claire Richards, Institute of Health and Society, NCSPVA, said: “The values that nurses adhere to in their career – including the six Cs of nursing: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, commitment – may increase the likelihood of them staying with an abusive partner for reasons of altruism or a possible belief their partner needs them. Nurses may see their partner’s behaviour as part of a wider problem, such as depression, unemployment or a drink problem that they seek to treat or heal.”

For further information go to www.cavellnursestrust.org/research

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