Domestic abuse is more common than you may think. Approximately 27% of women, 15% of men and 24% of children will experience an abusive relationship at some point in their lives. People who are experiencing domestic abuse will have more contact with health services than an average patient. A study conducted in Hackney showed that approximately 17% of women in a general practice waiting room may have experienced physical violence within the last year. With high rates of prevalence, it is essential that health services are well equipped to understand and respond to domestic abuse appropriately.