Professor Paul Coulthard is currently leading research to facilitate a global change in the practice of Health Professionals and their teams regarding identification and referral of patients who present with physical injury or other signs that might indicate Domestic Violence and Abuse. Professor Coulthard has set up the BLOOMSBURY TRUST to promote the response of Healthcare Professions. The focus is on using Educational Technologies and Referral Management Systems to transform Health and Social progress.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexuality or background. Dental professionals are likely to observe and identify injuries to the head, eyes, ears, neck, face, mouth and teeth as well as other welfare concerns and so are well placed to refer patients to the appropriate support agency.