Published on: 25/2/19, 12:26 pm
Claire Knight is an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) at Victim Support Charity and is based at Bedford Hospital. Claire provides vital support to staff when dealing with patients who are victims of domestic violence. Claire also supports any member of staff who may also be victims of domestic violence themselves.
Bedford Hospital staff undertake mandatory training within this area and following the Alex Skeel case, this training has been developed to include more focus and emphasis in recognising male victims and ways to help them access the right guidance and support services. Claire has also developed specific gender based information packs for hospital staff and patients affected by domestic violence who access hospital services to help remove any social misconceptions and myths around male victims.
Claire Knight, IDVA, based at Bedford Hospital said, “The hospital fully supports all initiatives that helps raise awareness and improve access to services for both men and women affected by domestic abuse. Alex Skeel's case was horrific and we want to do all we can to ensure this isn't repeated. Alex recently visited Bedford Hospital to talk to staff about his case and this has led to the changes in staff training that we are now delivering. His input has been crucial is helping us make essential changes to support others who may present in similar situations and we would like to thank him once again for all his support.”
Nichola Keer, Associate Director of Nursing for Safeguarding said, “It’s good to know that our staff are getting the training and support they need in order to provide a safe, caring and excellent service to our patients. I would also like to extend my thanks to Alex Skeel for his visit which was incredibly useful and beneficial for all those who attended. We wish him well in his continued journey to recovery.”