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P107 Identifying abuse in sexual health settings – how well are we doing?
  1. Arnold Fernandes,
  2. Alison Squibb,
  3. Joanna Fitzgerald,
  4. Alison Brazington,
  5. Kate Horn
  1. Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK

Abstract

Background/introduction There is increasing evidence to suggest that individuals, who have encountered abuse of any nature, may present in a variety of health care settings and with a multiplicity of symptoms without disclosing the fact that the underlying reason for their presentation is abuse. In 2015 we introduced a prompt in our template to encourage professionals to raise the issue of abuse with all attendees to our unit.

Aim(s)/objectives Our aim was to assess how often abuse was disclosed, identify the nature of the abuse and offer support when this was requested.

Methods Retrospective review of all attendees to the Walk-in sessions over the course of a month in February 2016. A total of 106 notes were reviewed.

Results Of the 106 attendees interviewed, 8 (13.25%) reported abuse. Of these, 6 were women and 2 were men. In all cases the abuse was disclosed, only on direct questioning. All 8 cases reported historical abuse. Physical and emotional abuse, were commonly reported. 3 of the women were aged between 21–30 years and 2 between 51–60 years. The men were aged 21 and 41. All attendees were offered the option of referral for further support, but all declined as all felt that they had either received support previously or had the opportunity to get over the trauma of what they had encountered.

Discussion/conclusion This audit demonstrates that abuse is common among attendees to Sexual health. This may not be disclosed unless raised as a matter of routine.

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