Great Yarmouth News
Hospital teams up with LeewayMonday 24th November 2014
James Paget University Hospitals has teamed up with charity Leeway to offer help and support to patients, carers and staff experiencing domestic abuse.
With 19,160 patients annually and a staff of over 3,000 the partnership has the capacity to offer reach the 230,000 people the Trust serves in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area.
Posters with details of how to contact a Leeway domestic violence advocate based at the JPUH have been put up across the hospital. Wards have received details of how to refer a patient in their care.
Julia Hunt, deputy director of nursing at the JPUH, who worked with Leeway to set up the service, said: “As a hospital we see people who are victims of domestic abuse who are often too scared to ask for help or do not know there is help out there.
“Having a Leeway advocate on site provides patients, carers and staff experiencing domestic abuse with a way of getting advice and support while they are in the safety of a hospital setting.”
Domestic abuse is the largest cause of death worldwide in women aged 19-44, greater than war, cancer or motor vehicle accidents. In Norfolk and Suffolk there are on average five deaths a year related to domestic violence.
During the last financial year there were five emergency admissions to the JPUH for domestic abuse, all five were children.
The Leeway hospital independent domestic violence advocate will offer drop-in sessions providing a free, confidential and non-judgmental one-to-one to offer advice about safety planning, support for children and any other issues arising.
For more information about Leeway visit www.leewaysupport.org/