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Tools for Advocates

shutterstock_126648692Just as health care providers have a unique opportunity to support survivors and prevent violence, domestic and sexual violence (DSV) advocates play an important role in the health and well-being of their clients.  There are many ways that advocates can bring health into conversations around safety and self-determination in order to promote better short and long term health outcomes for survivors. Future’s Without Violence’s National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (HRC) offers several tools for advocacy programs working to incorporate health and forge partnerships with health care providers.

The HRC’s materials are best used in conjunction with a warm referral, also referred to in the CUES intervention. A warm referral is a supported referral to domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) advocacy services from a health provider, in which the provider is able to offer a patient access to an onsite DV/SA advocate; offer use of the clinic’s phone to call a local resource; or offer the name and phone number so they can reach out independently, etc. Complement a warm referral with a brochure or safety card from a local DV/SA agency, if it is safe for the patient to take home. Ideally, the provider has an established relationship with the DV/SA advocacy program and is familiar with the staff and services available, thus increasing the likelihood of the patient following through with the connection.
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Resources for DSV Advocates:

DV Advocates Guide for Partnering with Health Care
Integrating Health Services into Domestic Violence Programs: A tool for advocates
Survivor Brochure: A Health Care Guide for Survivors of Domestic & Sexual Violence
The Affordable Care Act and Enrollment: What advocates need to know
Quality Assessment/Quality Improvement Tool for Domestic Violence Programs
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Visit our online toolkit IPVHealth.org to get information on how to build partnerships with health care and resources you need for getting start, and also how to address the health needs of your clients.
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View our series of educational videos that can be used for training both health care providers and advocates:

 

In addition to the numerous resources and online toolkit from the Health Resource Center, Futures Without Violence has worked and continues to work with many partners to forge strong relationships between health care and DSV advocacy through various initiatives. Learn more about:
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Community Health Center Initiative
Project Connect
Domestic Violence Health Care Partnership