All-inclusive Online Tools for Providers and Advocates
More prevalent for women in the U.S. than breast cancer and diabetes combined, intimate partner violence (IPV) can have a significantly adverse impact on one’s physical and mental well-being, but health care professionals can play a critical role in preventing violence and supporting survivor health. As one of the nation’s leading voices on the intersection of health and domestic violence, Futures Without Violence launched two websites that are designed to be digital hubs for establishing partnerships between domestic violence agencies and healthcare settings across the country.
The first, www.ipvhealth.org, provides background information on the health impact of violence and abuse, as well as tools and resources for establishing a partnership between domestic violence agencies and health settings. The second new website, www.ipvhealthpartners.org was developed by building on the success of the ten domestic violence agencies and ten community health centers that participated in a productive initiative called Improving Health Outcomes Through Violence Prevention Project.
“Domestic violence and sexual abuse can directly impact a woman’s health, even increasing her risk for chronic health outcomes, such as asthma and heart disease, unintended pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and depression,” said Lisa James, Director of Health at Futures Without Violence. “We’re proud to be able to provide digital tools and resources that can empower advocates and health professionals throughout the U.S.”
Ipvhealthpartners.org is a step-by-step guide for community health centers and local domestic violence agencies to establish partnerships with one another, and better meet the health needs of DV/sexual assault survivors. This toolkit highlights the successes and learning experiences of the teams in the Improving Health Outcomes Through Violence Prevention Project. Both toolkits include information and resources for supporting the health and safety needs of survivors during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and also resources for supporting staff wellness.
Among the partners who participated are:
- La Clínica del Pueblo and DC SAFE (Washington, DC)
- FamilyCare HealthCenter (Scott Depot, WV) and Branches Domestic Violence Shelter (Huntington, WV)
- Family Oriented Primary Health Care Clinic and Penelope House (Mobile, AL)
- Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and Family and Community Resources (Brockton, MA)
- CommuniCare Health Center and Empower Yolo (Davis, CA)
- Eastern Iowa Health Center and AMANI (Cedar Rapids, IA)
- La Comunidad Hispana and Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (Kennet Square, PA)
- Mariposa Community Health Center and Catholic Community Services (Nogales, AZ)
- Thundermist Health Center and Sojourner House (Woonsocket, RI)
The first website was developed through the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and funded by Family Violence Prevention & Services Program, Family & Youth Services Bureau, and the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The second was funded through a collaboration of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the HRSA Bureau of primary Heath Care, the HRSA Office of Women’s Health, and the Administration for Children and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau, Family Violence Prevention and Services program. Funding for the Rinehart Clinic and Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center was supported by Grant #1SP1AH000019 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health.