[DWAN] is acting as Artist in Residence on an important new research pilot: “Dentistry Responding to Domestic Violence and Abuse: Research on how the capacity of dentists and dental care professionals can be enhanced to support women with lived experience of domestic violence and abuse (DRiDVA).”
The project is being led by Prof Paul Coulthard – Chief Investigator – and PhD researcher Mrs Omolade Femi-Ajao is the Study Manager.
Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) is a serious problem affecting men and women, with two women likely to be killed per week in England and Wales by a previous or current male partner. Although healthcare professionals are in a position to identify and referral victims for appropriate support, it has been suggested that dentists and dental care professionals (DCPs) in the UK are not actively involved in this process. This may be due to a lot of reasons such as lack of awareness of best practices for responding. Hence, we seek to address the unmet need of dentists and DCPs not appropriately supporting women experience domestic violence and abuse.
Work on this project begins in April 2016.