Addressing and Responding to Domestic and Sexual Violence in Healthcare Settings

Title: Addressing and Responding to Domestic and Sexual Violence in Healthcare Settings

Date: Wednesday May 4th, 2016, 12:30-2:00pm PST

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There is substantial research describing the dynamics and effects of domestic and sexual violence (D/SV) and co-morbid health and behavioral health conditions for women. Health care visits provide a window of opportunity to provide universal education on healthy relationships, assess patients for D/SV, and intervene if abuse is identified.  Just talking to a healthcare provider about domestic violence can increase access to domestic violence services, improve health outcomes, and decrease risk for violence.  The purpose of this webinar is to provide clinicians with information about a simple tool for education and assessment for D/SV in a primary care or reproductive health setting.  Providers can help women make the connection between her relationship and health outcomes for herself and her children and by offering a supportive referral to a local domestic violence agency when abuse is disclosed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of DV/health partnerships.
  • Understand recent health policy changes that present new funding opportunities for DV advocacy organizations.
  • Describe new tools and strategies for domestic violence advocates to build sustainable partnerships with health care settings

Speaker: Anna Marjavi (Program Director, Futures Without Violence), Rebecca Levenson (Consultant, Futures Without Violence)