Healthcare Professionals

Training for Healthcare Professionals

Physicians, nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals are in a critical position to identify the presence of intimate partner violence in their patients’ lives, as well as providing information which could prevent the escalation to intimate partner homicide. Healthcare organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Family Physicians, recommend routine screening for IPV for every patient during every visit.

There are more than 30 assessment tools available for clinicians to easily screen for IPV, and this screening is covered by the Affordable Care Act. In spite of this, only 10% of female patients are screened for domestic violence.

The Voices for Change campaign goal is to increase the understanding of healthcare professionals regarding the risks of homicide during pregnancy, and to recognize signs of abuse beyond physical injuries. By increasing awareness, the campaign has the potential to change the frequency with which screening tools are used for all patients.

Training includes:

  1. Group screenings of FINDING JENN’S VOICE, followed by panel discussions with IPV professionals. Discussion guides are available to facilitate this conversation.
  2. Review of commonly used screening tools for healthcare settings and how to administer these screenings.
  3. Referrals and follow up. What to expect from legal, social services, and shelter interventions in your community.
  4. Online webinar and presentation on Intimate Partner Violence and Pregnancy with a comprehensive review of the research is available.
  5. Online tools to facilitate follow up with screenings. This training is approved by NASW for 2 CEUs for professional social workers. Nurse CEUs may also be available.
  6. This training is appropriate for both practicing healthcare professionals and those in training.