Domestic violence ('When push comes to shove', news focus, page 17, 13 April) is indeed a serious issue, and NHS professionals need to be better equipped so we can identify and support those affected. The Leeds Inter-Agency Project (LIAP) is carrying out a three-year project in the NHS and social services to train professionals, support good practice and aid policy development. Your article noted the vital role of midwives, and the LIAP health and social care project is delivering excellent and effective training with all Leeds midwives. I urge interested readers to contact LIAP on 0113-234 9090 (e-mail:

admin@LIAP.demon.co.uk) for further information.

Susan Rautenberg Leeds HA