DID YOU KNOW? Women who have experienced IPV in their lifetime were more likely to report having asthma, diabetes, frequent headaches, chronic pain, poor physical and mental health?1 

The new DHHS guidelines on screening and counseling for domestic and interpersonal violence provides the opportunity to reach thousands more women and children with preventative messages and improve the health and safety of current victims of abuse. 

Click here
to read the Institute of Medicine’s Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps Report.

For over 16 years, the DHHS Administration for Children and Families has supported Futures Without Violence’s National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (HRC) to create resources to help providers identify and support women and girls experiencing IPV.  The HRC issued three memos:

1. Interpersonal and Domestic Violence Screening and Counseling: Understanding New Federal Rules and Providing Resources for Health Providers  

2. Impact of New Federal Health Coverage Rule for Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocates

3. How the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Affects Victims of Domestic, Sexual, and Dating Violence

This toolkit is an additional resource for IPV advocates and health care providers to strengthen their collaboration to partner together to improve the health and safety of more women and girls experiencing IPV.

Go to the next chapter: Getting Started

1 CDC, 2010 NISVS report.