Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day

Health Cares About Domestic Violence (HCADV) Day is a nationally-recognized day that takes place annually on the second Wednesday of October. It will next take place on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Sponsored by FUTURES, the awareness-raising day aims to reach members of the healthcare and advocacy communities to offer education about the critical importance of universal education to promote healthy relationships, address the health impact of abuse and offer warm referrals to domestic violence advocates.

Medical studies link the long term effects of domestic violence and abuse with a myriad of health problems, such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, eating disorders, and substance abuse. While doctors and nurses routinely ask about high blood pressure and high cholesterol, too few assess for domestic violence and its impact on health. Universal education provides an opportunity for clients to make the connection between violence, health problems, and risk behaviors. Through a brochure-based universal education approach clients seeking services in health care facilities or domestic violence programs can receive information about healthy relationships and where to get help for abuse.

There are many ways you can provide leadership in your community on Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day, such as:

  • Hanging posters in waiting rooms that advertise local resource numbers
  • Writing a newsletter article or an op ed for a local paper
  • Committing to try routine screening for one week
  • Inviting a speaker to conduct a lunchtime presentation for staff

We offer a number of resources to help you organize events and activities on and beyond HCADV Day, such as this webinar featuring planning tips, an Action Kit with outreach ideas, social media tools, and additional examples of what participants have done to spread the word in the past. We encourage you to be creative!

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