Oct 10, 2012
CONTACT Marsha Robertson

Futures Without Violence Celebrates 14th Annual ‘Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day’

Nationally-recognized day seeks to educate and engage health care community on the issue of domestic violence

San Francisco (October 10, 2012) — Today,Futures Without Violence, a national organization working to end violence against women and children around the world, celebrated their 14th annual ‘Health Cares About Domestic Violence (HCADV) Day.’ HCADV Day takes place every second Wednesday of October and aims to educate the health care community about the importance of assessing for domestic violence, as well as the long term health implications of ongoing exposure to violence.  

“Health care providers are on the front lines with victims of abuse,” said Futures Without Violence Founder and President Esta Soler. “We want medical professionals to have all the training and support they need to evaluate patients who may be at risk for domestic, dating, or sexual violence. We started HCADV Day fourteen years ago as a way to foster widespread awareness of violence assessment, screening, and counseling in a health care setting.”

Medical studies link long term effects of domestic violence and abuse with a number of health problems such as depression, sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancy, and poor pregnancy outcomes. While doctors routinely screen for high blood pressure and cholesterol, too few screen for domestic violence.

This year’s HCADV Day comes on the heels of crucial legislation that helps health care professionals detect and address violence against women. As of August 1, 2012 the Affordable Care Act now ensures that many U.S. health plans cover annual screening and counseling for domestic and interpersonal violence as a women’s preventative health benefit.

The Affordable Care Act is a significant step in the right direction, but there is still work to be done. Here are a few ways to get involved on HCADV Day and beyond:

Or, participate in one of the HCADV Day events in your area:

Title: Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 11:45 am. to 1:00 pm.
Location: San Francisco General Hospital, Carr Auditorium, 1001 Potrero Avenue
Description: Free “brown bag” training session for staff on Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day. Register, bring your brown bag lunch, and learn about the effects of domestic violence exposure on children.
Contact for more information: Carol Schulte, SFDPH Perinatal Services, 415-575-5681 or
Title: Lunch & Learn: The Effect of Domestic Violence on Women’s Health
Date and Time: October 10, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
Location: Georgia Highlands School of Nursing, Rome Campus Annex
Pizza, salad, drinks, and volunteer hours available.
The Illinois Health Cares Coalition of LaSalle, Livingston and Bureau counties will be participating in educational and public awareness events for HCADV Day and will continue throughout the month of October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information, contact Christine Chalkey, 815-673-1552 x320 or
The Crozer-Keystone Health System, in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, will be offering information tables featuring the Clothesline Project. For more information, contact Blake Cohen, 610-565-6272 x3118 or
Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund
For more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace
for innovative educational programs, public action campaigns, policy development, and leadership training designed to end violence against women, children, and families around the world. Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1994, Futures Without Violence has established an International Conference Center that will engage today’s diverse national and global leaders, stand with survivors, and continue working to break the silence around gender-based violence. Learn more at