We aim to improve the quality of health care for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. For male patients in general practice we will accurately measure the size of the problem and develop and assess an innovative training and support package for doctors and nurses that will give them the skills to provide appropriate care.
We will do a similar combination of studies in sexual health clinics for men who have sex with men. These studies will inform guidance to improve the standard of care for those groups of patients.
For women victims of domestic violence with mental health problems, we will put together previous research studies to give a firm basis for policy for mental health services. We will then test a psychological treatment provided by domestic violence advocates based in specialist agencies. If this treatment is successful and cost-effective we will recommend its implementation nationally.
In the last year of the programme we will put together information from the above studies and estimate the potential benefit of the innovations we are testing in the programme. We will develop guidance to the NHS on commissioning the training packages and new services in line with our research findings.