Getting Started

DID YOU KNOW? Programs that take a comprehensive approach to IPV (including protocols, training and access to on and/or off site referrals and support services) were successful in increasing IPV screening and identification rates.1 

There are several important steps you can take before you begin to screen to create a safe and supportive environment for asking patients about interpersonal or domestic violence. Click on each link to follow these important steps:

1. Forming new partnerships with IPV advocates
2. Creating a supportive clinic environment
3. Training resources
4. Creating protocols on IPV
5. Understanding reporting requirements
6. Confidentiality procedures
7. Resources for employees
8. Quality improvement goals and performances measures
9. Set up multidisciplinary collaborative models of care

Model Program:

Kaiser Permanente Northern California has one of the most comprehensive reponses to IPV in the country. For an overview of their System Model Approach and it’s five components: (creating a supportive environment, clinician Inquiry and referral, on‐site IPV services, linkages to community resources, and leadership and oversight)

Where do we start?
For a worksheet on steps you can take to establishing a comprehensive response to IPV in your setting, click here.


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1 O’Campo, P., et al, Social Science and Medicine (2011).