Calls for New Zealand doctors to screen patients for domestic violence

Calls for New Zealand doctors to screen patients for domestic violence

Despite strong recommendations from the World Health Organisation for doctors to respond to family violence, in New Zealand there is no nationwide mandate for GPs to do so, and some GPs are resistant.
Shine's Holly Carrington says, "They may feel like it's not their job, or that they're intruding on people's personal lives. But if you're caring for someone's health, what is more important than making sure they're not being beaten up and abused?"

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“"When I got to the Shine refuge with my boys, I felt an enormous weight lift off me. I realised how much anxiety and fear I had been carrying around for so long. Shine helped me get a Protection Order and Parenting Order against S. Within days, I began sleeping and eating normally again." ”