Routine Enquiry of domestic abuse has been underway in priority services in the NHS for some years. In light of the new integration arrangements, Routine Enquiry is now being introduced within the Health & Social Care Partnerships.

Routine Enquiry of domestic abuse is applicable to all women accessing particular services (and men in some services). It involves asking direct questions in relation to abuse. It does not matter whether there are any signs or indications of abuse.
The overarching aim of Routine Enquiry is to support diagnosis and assessment of service users to ensure early, appropriate intervention and care. A disclosure of abuse also means that the therapeutic intervention will be more meaningful and will be specific for that individual.
As part of 16 Days of Action NHS Ayrshire & Arran, in partnership with each locality Multi Agency Partnership (MAP) to Tackle Violence Against Women and Children will be offering this forthcoming free event. These events will raise awareness of the current profile of domestic abuse and its health and social consequences. It will offer an introduction to Routine Enquiry plus hear from Practitioners who are already implementing it. It will also provide information on a variety of training available from the Violence Against Women Partnership.

• Monday 27 November 2017 from 9.30am to 12 noon at St Kentigerns Church, Dunbar Drive, Kilmarnock, KA3 7PR
• Wednesday 29 November 2017 from 9.30am to 12 noon at Fullarton Connexions, Church Street, Off Marress Roundabout, Irvine, KA12 8PE
• Friday 1 December 2017 from 9.30am to 12 noon at County Hall, County Buildings, Wellington Square, AYR, KA7 1DR

To register for any of these events, please contact Mhairi McMillan on Mhairi.McMillan2@aapct.scot.nhs.uk or 01292 885838