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Mental health & abuse – a strategic response that works (Manchester)

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Date(s) - 30 Nov 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Location Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University Bonsall Street Manchester M15 6GX United Kingdom



Mental health services have a key role in responding to domestic and sexual violence.   Women and men with mental disorders – including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, and psychosis – are more likely to be victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Yet, domestic and sexual violence are under-detected by mental health services. It is estimated that just 10-30% of cases are identified. Limited research exists on how to improve responses to domestic and sexual violence in mental health or other health settings.

In order to address these issues AVA was awarded funding from the Department of Health Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) fund to deliver PRIMH (Promoting Recovery in Mental Health). PRIMH provided intensive support to two mental health trusts in implementing an evaluated change management strategy to introduce organisation-wide improvements in the care offered to people affected by abuse. The project ran from August 2013 to August 2016.

Seminar objectives

This seminar will:

  • provide an up-to-date overview of mental health responses to domestic and sexual abuse
  • introduce the findings of the PRIMH evaluation conducted by King’s College London
  • highlight how mental health trusts can implement programmes of organisational development to improve responses to domestic and sexual abuse
  • launch BARTA (Be Aware and Respond to Abuse), AVA’s new support and advisory service for mental health trusts.

Speakers TBC

Who is the Seminar for?

The seminar is for mental health practitioners, service managers and senior executives as well as policy makers and commissioners with responsibility for health, mental health and/or violence against women and girls.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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