News – Spotlight on new scheme to support survivors of domestic abuse across Greater Manchester – Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Health leaders showed their solidarity with survivors of domestic abuse across Greater Manchester at an event to tackle gender-based violence on Wednesday 17 May.

Survivors joined with key city-region political and health leaders to talk about ADViSE (Assessing for Domestic Violence and Abuse in Sexual Health Environments), a pilot scheme which has been has been successfully delivered in sexual health clinics across Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, and Trafford.

As part of a wider Greater Manchester commitment to tackling all forms of gender-based violence across the city-region, ADViSE helps healthcare professionals to identify and respond to the signs of both domestic and sexual violence and abuse – as well as supporting victims to access the same referral pathway from their GP, Sexual Health clinic or Emergency Departments.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 36% of all violent crime reported to the police in Greater Manchester, entails domestic abuse, the majority of which involves offences perpetrated by men against women.* A study published by the World Health Organisation in 2012, also suggests that women affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence are three times more likely to have gynaecological and sexual health problems, with these types of services being the first point of contact for support in most cases.

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