UPDATED: Compendium of State and U.S. Territory Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care

UPDATED: Compendium of State and U.S. Territory Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care

In 2001, Futures Without Violence produced the first State by State Legislative Report Card on Health Care laws and Domestic Violence. Following in 2010, Futures produced a Compendium of State Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care that updated and replaced the earlier publication. This third edition (2013) newly titled: Compendium of State and U.S. Territory Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care, updates laws and regulations; offers new public health content; provides summaries for U.S. territories; and includes a new chapter: Tribal Codes on Domestic Violence and Promising Programs in Indian Country.


The Compendium is an at-a-glance summary of state and U.S. territory laws, regulations and other activities relevant to addressing domestic violence in health care settings. It includes new analyses and themes that reflect policy and programmatic changes made in the last decade by leaders in the fields of health care, policy and domestic / sexual violence advocacy. Futures invited staff from every state and territory domestic violence coalition to review their respective summary and provide feedback; the Compendium reflects these comments. Relevant state and territory laws were researched to ensure correct citations through both state legislative web pages and LexisNexus.

The Compendium includes state and territory-specific summaries that address the following areas: domestic violence fatality review; mandatory reporting of domestic violence to law enforcement by health care providers; insurance discrimination against victims of domestic violence; health care protocols addressing domestic violence; screening for domestiv violence by health care professionals and training on domestic violence for health care professionals. Additional information is provided where available on state or territory public health programs, and funding opportunities. 

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