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Soap storyline could be behind domestic violence rise
6:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A SOAP storyline could be at the heart of an increase in the number of men reporting domestic violence at Warrington Hospital.
The adult safeguarding team has seen figures jump from one or two over 12 months to 13 cases in the last year with raised awareness and scenes in Coronation Street where Tyrone Dobbs was being beaten by his girlfriend thought to be contributing factors.
But is not just young adults the team at Warrington Hospital deal with as they have also noticed a number of elderly residents suffering abuse with examples including beatings from their dementia patient partner.
Diane Gonclaves, vulnerable adults matron, said: “We had an elderly lady come in with whose plaster on her leg had been left on for an excessive amount of time and she was left with sores on her skin.
“Her family didn’t realise the importance of her attending the fracture clinic because she had been immobile before.
“A lot of it isn’t intentional and people don’t realise they’re causing harm.
“We have patients who are 90 plus being cared for by a son aged 75 plus so they’re going to find it more difficult and often don’t know there’s other support services available making life much better for them when they go home.
“Often people can be frightened of going into a care home and we’re dealing with a couple at the moment who have been married for a lot of years and can’t cope but don’t want to be separated so we’re working hard to get him home.”
The team often see more cases around major sporting events like the World Cup and around Christmas time with alcohol often being a trigger.
An average month they will see 10 to 20 cases of domestic violence with figures increasing in August and December to around 25.
Last year the safeguarding team supported 145 women and are also seeing more male on male incidents being reported by gay couples.
Diane added: “At any age the earlier we pick up on the problem, the more chance we have of making a difference.
“We train staff to identify any concern and not to walk away, make those referrals and not think somebody else will pick it up.”
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