Before gaining knowledge on Domestic Violence Nurse, it is essential to find out – What is Domestic Violence? By Domestic Violence, we understand violence related to spouse or partners, children, adults and the elderly, and inflict of emotional or physical injury. The domestic violence victim may be close family member or others of any age, gender race or economic classes. The violence is not limited to poor socio economy class people but also prevalent with educated background and affluent classes. It is also not necessary that the individuals must be living together, as they may be separated, divorced, following temporary or permanent restraining orders or prohibited to meet each other.
Domestic Violence Nurses are these nurses, who provide cares, emotional supports, and work for domestic violence prevention by educating and counseling. They primarily work with children, elders and adults victims of the violence. They are also known by different names such as violence prevention nurses, violence nurse, child or elder abuse nurses.
Domestic violence nursing is completely new concept and a part of the new field of forensic nursing, covering the criminal justice system for the victims of the domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Nurse Duties
On finding any domestic violence, the nurse follows following interventions:
- Address the physical needs of the patient and provide appropriate care for physical injuries.
- Assuage the feeling of the abused victim and offer emotional support.
- Oversee that the right of the person is not violated and he/she is not abused anymore.
- Ascertain the probability of future abuses.
- Meet the safety concerns of the victim.
- Procure all available details concerning to violence or abuse.
- Arrange for domestic violence advocate and provide clinical presentation of the domestic violence.
- Make available emergency or crisis numbers including shelter numbers and victim assistance numbers for any recurrence of the violence.
- Collect statistics and facts surrounding the violence.
- Collect symptoms of domestic violence and victims.
- Ascertain the requirements of the state for reporting violence.
- Respect the right of justice of the victims.
In addition, these nurses must also meet the medical condition of the victim, maintain notes, photographs and records by documenting the evidences for use in judiciary proceedings, examine and asses the injuries and record them.
Domestic Violence Nurse Qualities
The working as Domestic Violence Nurse requires certain specific qualities including, incredibly compassionate nature, excellent communication skills, collaborative quality, sensitive, supportive, understanding physical, mental and emotional needs of the patient, advocacy, cool temperament, clear assessment skills, maintaining confidentiality of the patient and respect victim’s right for judgment,
Domestic Violence Nurse Education
The earning of RN Licensure by completing 2-4 years registered nurse degree programs and passing of the NCLEX-RN exam for RN Licensure is essential for becoming a Domestic Violence Nurse. The knowledge of Forensic science must be gained by attending forensic science courses such as criminal justice, documentation of evidence and photography, and criminology. As a domestic violence nurse, you can also get specialized training for becoming a sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE). The certification in Forensic science is added qualification for these nurses, which also allows them to be a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners International.
Domestic violence Nurse Salary
The average hourly wages of these nurses are around $25 to $100 per hour, depending upon education and certification, experience, type of the facility or organization, location and others.