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Linking Abuse and Recovery through Advocacy for Victims and Perpetrators (LARA-VP)

Posted on 21/11/2017

LARA-VP is funded by the Medical Research Council and King’s Health Partners and aims to improve the identification and response to domestic violence and abuse (DVA) within mental health services. People with pre-existing mental disorders are at increased risk of experiencing DVA, and there is some evidence to suggest that there may also be an association between psychiatric diagnoses and the perpetration of physical abuse against a partner.

 Research conducted in this project will inform a future trial of our piloted intervention study (“LARA” – “Linking Abuse and Recovery through Advocacy”) that involved reciprocal training between mental health professionals and DVA specialists, and integrated DVA advisors into community mental health teams to improve the identification and care of DVA among mental health service users. This intervention includes the provision of an educational manual on DVA for mental health professionals; this will be updated to reflect recent research and guidance. Natural Language Processing (NLP) methods will also be exercised on pseudo-anonymised clinical records from the Case Register Interactive System (CRIS) to derive the best possible measure of mental health professionals’ ability to identify DVA victimisation and perpetration.

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