The report Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths (NICE 2001) makes several recommendations for dealing with domestic violence in pregnancy, particularly relating to the provision of information about local sources of help for domestic violence and emergency help lines.

All health professionals should provide information or refer women who experience violence in the home to local sources for continuing support, whatever decision the woman makes concerning her future. However, to do this health professionals must first be aware of local services.

This section features a series of useful links and contact numbers for Women's Support Services dealing with domestic violence issues

It is intended as a starting point for raising awareness of relevant local and national services. This list is not exhaustive and it is suggested that health professionals keep a personal record of additional useful services as they become more familiar with this area of practice.

For Health Care Professionals we include the key recommendations in full from The Fifth Report of the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the UK 1997-1999 plus a link for those accessing the web via the NHS network to additional resources on the North Bristol NHS intranet.