Prior to screening, health providers should receive training on the dynamics of IPV and how to assess and respond. When possible, training should include staff from domestic violence and sexual assault programs.
- Making the Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health is a free resource that may be used for self-directed training and to provide training to staff and students. The toolkit consists of a PowerPoint presentation, speakers’ notes, and bibliography.
- e-Learning Series: The HRC will offer free online CME educational activity available by fall of 2012. This will include an overview of how to screen and provide counseling as well as setting specific approaches to violence assessment and response.
- Each of the following National Consensus Guides can also help educate providers on how to screen and respond.
• National Consensus Guidelines on Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence Victimization in Health Care Settings• Hanging Out or Hooking Up: Clinical Guidelines on Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse
- Training Videos: Futures Without Violence offers three free videos:
• Screen to End Abuse includes five clinical vignettes demonstrating techniques for screening and responding to domestic violence in primary care settings.
• Voices of Survivors addresses the dynamics of domestic violence, its prevalence, and the need for providers to routinely screen their patients.
• Ask, Validate, Document, Refer (AVDR): This tutorial for dentists video (15 minutes) provides a brief, interactive learning experience to help dentists and dental students respond to domestic violence.
Other Training Resources:
- Mitchell C. Guidelines for the Health Care of Intimate Partner Violence – for California health professionals. Developed by the State of California Emergency Management Administration. Available here.
- Mitchell C, Anglin D (editors) Intimate Partner Violence: A Health-Based Perspective. Oxford University Press, 2009 (2010 winner of the American Medical Writer’s Association “textbook of the year.”
- Competencies Needed by Health Professionals for Addressing Exposure to Violence and Abuse in Patient Care.
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