Health visitor Helen builds a rapport with pregnant domestic abuse victim Maryam. Helen feels like she has been chosen by Maryam as her preferred helper. Helen goes “the extra mile”.
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse and pregnancy, Coercive control, Familial abuse, Multi-agency working, Documenting evidence
  • Guidance for swearing and domestic abuse references

Level of Complexity:
  • Advanced
  • Differentiation applies depending on the audience
  • Trainer to develop the questions accordingly using differentiation words such as List, describe, identify, develop a policy, develop a pathway etc.
Video Synopsis
  • Young pregnant woman suffering from domestic abuse perpetrated by husband and mother-in-law
  • Victim has shrugged off help from other agencies
  • Health visitor builds rapport with victim
  • Health visitor uses creative methods to speak to victim and get her away from perpetrators
  • Health visitor is persistent in her approach

Issues Covered

  • Controlling behavior
  • Mother-in-law abuse
  • Familial abuse
  • Multi-agency working

  • To explore asking the questions about domestic abuse
  • To explore the concerns and feelings of the Health Visitor
  • To recognize the risk factor for all concerned
  • To identify the impact of controlling behaviour
  • To reflect on the impact of building trust and rapport
  • To evaluate your ways of working with domestic abuse

  • What can Helen do now?
  • What did Maryam mean when she made the ‘throat gestures’ and how would you document that?
  • What are the risk implications for all concerned?
  • How could you have dealt with this issue?
  • Think of some imaginative ways of asking about domestic abuse.
  • Think of some imaginative ways of speaking to a person on their own.
  • What agencies are there in your area to help in this situation?
  • What is your role in situations like this and do you have the autonomy to be creative?

Target Audience:

  • Health Visitor
  • Midwife
  • GP
  • Social Worker
  • Police
  • Voluntary Sector support worker
  • Children and Family centre staff

Useful For:

  • Conference
  • One to one
  • Group training
  • Awareness event
  • Supervision

Training Suggestions:

  • Develop a policy on asking the question on domestic abuse
  • Develop a pathway
  • Identify specialist support services
  • Managing conflict
  • Safe working practices

Useful Links

For Further Support

  • Local domestic abuse services
  • Local domestic abuse forums
  • Police safeguarding unit
  • Localised domestic abuse training