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Health seminar tackles important issues

December 09, 2013 11:13 AM

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Gender-based violence and female genital mutilation were among the important topics being discussed at a Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership health seminar last week.

Health professionals and key partners from all over Greater Glasgow and Clyde were invited to attend a half-day seminar where they could take part in workshops to learn more about how to recognise and deal with important hard to tackle issues.

Topics discussed on the day included:

• Sexual assault
• Domestic violence
• Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
• Sexual health


Anne Burns, Health Improvement Lead, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, said: “We want to give our staff the tools to be able to recognise when someone is the victim of gender-based violence or who has been sexually assaulted – and then know how to get them the help they need.

“People who have been victim to some sort of violence often do not know how to ask for help. If our staff have the knowledge of how to start conversations on these subjects it can make it easier for patients to tell us their story."

Anyone experiencing any of these issues can talk to their family doctor or telephone the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234

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