Developing Better Services for Intimate Partner Violence: Hearing the Voice of Disabled People
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CitationPiippo, Sisko. (2017). Developing Better Services for Intimate Partner Violence: Hearing the Voice of Disabled People. Journal of Health Science, 5 (4) , 186-197. 10.17265/2328-7136/2017.04.006.
This article deals with collaborative development work between the public sector and the third sectorin an area of Southern Savo, Finland, from the perspective of disabled victims. The purpose was to create structures for IPV (intimate partner violence) work, developing professionals’ skills in both tackling IPV and service-user involvement. Five NGOs (non-governmental organizations) for disabled people were involved. Professionals were trained to ask about IPV and to gainamore in-depth understanding of the issue (including thespecial features relating to disabled people) andof how to intervene. Care pathways, linking both basic and special services, were also modeled. A permanent and regional NEIPV (Network of Excellence in IPV) was established and is coordinated by both the public and third sectors, including Experts by Experience. Strong basic structures and care pathways are needed so that the special needs of disabled people can be recognized. Raising awareness of violence, routine enquiries modified according to the needs of organizations, and simple care pathways are needed—both in the public sector and for NGOs representing the disabled. Information gained through training will not necessarily be transferred into direct practice without a strong commitment from the managerial level. Establishing organizational guidelines is necessary. This will also promote professionals’ openness toward user knowledge.