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Domestic Violence Against Women

This essay aims to discuss vulnerability as a concept in relation to domestic violence against women. The author will identify the purpose of the chosen service (Women’s Aids Federation) and how it supports in meeting the health needs of women experiencing domestic violence. It will also demonstrate how the service relates to relevant health and social care policy and critically examine the influence of rights, policy, and the law on service delivery. Furthermore, the author will scrutinise the appropriateness, accessibility and effectiveness of the service in meeting the needs of women living with domestic violence. Finally, it will critically evaluate the contribution of nurses to the services.
Vulnerability and domestic violence against women.
Domestic violence is a global phenomenon, which is increasable being recognised not only as an issue of human rights but also as a serious public concern because of its short-term and long-term health consequences for women who have experienced it, and the serious impact on children who witness it (WHO, 2005).
A vulnerable adult has been defined as ‘anyone who is above 18 years of age and who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and is or may be able unable to take care of him or herself or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation’ (DoH and Home Office, 2000).
Vulnerability refers to an individual’s aptness to experience harm. In a concept analysis of the word ‘vulnerable’, The Department of Health (2005) suggested that vulnerability is viewed as unprotected, exposed, sensitive or immature. The vulnerable are susceptible to or at risk of health problems, harm, injury or victimization (Chesnay and Anderson, 2008). In addition, a vulnerable person is at risk of poor physical,…...

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