Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day
Today is our annual Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day! (HCADV Day) For the past 14 years, we have designated the second Wednesday of October to help educate the healthcare community about the importance of assessing for and responding to domestic violence.
HCADV Day gives us an opportunity to leverage the work being done year-round to help improve the health response to domestic and sexual violence. We’re proud to play an ongoing role in Project Connect , a nationwide initiative changing how adolescent health, reproductive health, and home visiting programs can help detect and prevent violence against women. The project, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health, recently completed a three-year grant period in nine communities across the nation—providing much needed services in medically-underserved areas with high rates of domestic and sexual violence.
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) headquartered in Dearborn, MI is one of the outstanding Project Connect sites that provides invaluable resources and services to women in the community. Adolescent Health Center Programs Supervisor Mona Farroukh and her team at ACCESS work tirelessly to help prevent violence against women. As one of the largest Arab-American health and human services nonprofits in the nation, ACCESS has played a crucial role in educating the community on domestic and sexual violence through their ongoing staff training, intimate partner violence screening procedures, patient outreach material (including safety cards created and distributed by Futures), and domestic violence and intervention education programs.
On this very special day, we’d like to congratulate ACCESS and the entire Project Connect team for the ground-breaking work they do every day to prevent violence against women.
Here are a couple testimonials ACCESS shared with us:
“Safety Cards became very important for our clinical care. The issue in our community [is] that some women have no idea what healthy relationship looks like. Some think that having a controlling partner is part of a normal life because they used to see grandparents and parents living such a life. The questions on those cards make them think deeply and evaluate the importance of their well-being. This is important to me as a health care provider”
-H.H., Registered Nurse
“I feel safe that the physician takes time into consideration to ask me about my relationship. The questions are very personal and not lots of people in our lives usually ask these questions. The card[s] help me better understand myself and the wellness of my relationship. Thank you.”