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Taskforce on the health aspects of violence against women and children

An extensive consultation Together we can end violence against women and girls, carried out in 2009,  highlighted that the NHS needs to do better in responding to victims of violence and abuse and this led to the creation of a Taskforce in May 2009.

The Taskforce comprised third sector organisations, other government departments, academics, Royal Colleges and healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds including emergency care, midwifery, paediatrics, general practice and child and adolescent mental health services.

The group looked specifically at the role of the NHS in meeting the challenge of violence and abuse against women and children, including the treatment and support of victims of violence and the role of the NHS – in partnership with other agencies – in preventing violence and abuse.

In March 2010, the Taskforce’s final report was published, along with the specific sub-group reports and evidence on which the Taskforce has based their recommendations. An interim Government response was also published.

An implementation group is now taking this work forward.

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