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NHS Staff Should Be Trained To Spot Abuse

A lawyer tells Sky News clients will say they have turned up at A&E with a black eye and nobody has asked them how it's happened.

Doctors and nurses should be trained to spot the signs of domestic abuse, according to new guidance.

An estimated two million people experience domestic abuse in England and Wales every year - and experts believe these figures are likely to underestimate the problem.

One in three women and almost one in five men will experience it at some point in their lives.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) wants a wider understanding in health and social care to help victims.

Doctors and nurses - who come into contact with victims - are being asked to be more aware of the signs of abuse and how to deal with it.

Domestic abuse lawyer Rachel Horman told Sky News she thought the new guidelines will "make a difference".

Professor Mike Kelly, director of the centre for public health at Nice, said: "Everyone in society needs to understand both the extent of the problem and the damage it causes.

"It can affect anyone - particularly women and children - but also men, regardless of age, geographical location, income, relationship type, family set-up or ethnic origin.

For the full story, please see the Sky News website.

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