Health Care

Domestic Violence and Health Care Protocols

There are a number of important steps to take in preparing a health care setting or practice for identifying and responding to patients experiencing domestic violence. It is critical to develop or adapt protocols that assist and support staff. This approach enables the staff in any health care setting to respond to domestic violence in a comprehensive and institutionalized manner including screening, identification/assessment, treatment, documentation, safety planning, discharge planning and referral.

Futures Without Violence has selected model protocols from various health care settings across the United States as well as highlights about the health care practice that has implemented the model protocol. As you will see, some of the protocols are comprehensive and others brief but adequate in addressing the role of providers. There are protocols that address specific settings and others that demonstrate creative strategies in responding to domestic violence or lifetime exposure to violence. All are designed to provide you with a blueprint for preparing for and responding effectively and efficiently to patients experiencing domestic violence.

Minimal Elements of a Domestic Violence Protocol & Implementation of a Domestic Violence Protocol 

Model Protocols: