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Violence 

Violence
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Violence
Author(s):

Richard Whittington

, Patrick Callaghan

, Richard Whittington

, Richard Whittington

, Richard Whittington

, Richard Whittington

, and Patrick Callaghan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703853.003.0005
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date: 09 May 2021

Despite advances in the care and treatment of people with mental health problems, violence remains a significant issue in mental health care. Because mental health nurses account for the majority of professionals working in mental health care worldwide, and are at the forefront of such care, they are often the victims of violent incidents, especially on inpatient wards, and service users are also at risk. This chapter discusses ways to ensure the safety of mental health nurses and service users. It describes the recognition, prevention, and therapeutic management of violence, and the important role of mental health nurses in confronting and handling such issues. It addresses the identification of signs that violence may be imminent, the individual, organizational and environmental factors that help to prevent violence, safe, therapeutic, and effective interventions for managing violence so as to minimize serious harm, and how to deal with the immediate aftermath of a violent incident.

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