Offering Support and Harm Reduction Strategies
It can take a patient an enormous amount of courage to disclose abuse and it is very important that even the busiest provider offers support and validation. This can be as simple as saying:
“I am sorry this is happening to you and nobody deserves to be treated that way. Unfortunately this happens to a lot of my patients and it can impact your health. Also, I can connect you right here with someone who has helped a lot of women before if you would like to talk to her now.”
Offering health promotion and harm reduction strategies in the context of the patients visit and the abuse is also important. See Clinical Guidelines for setting specific recommendations.
- A Guide to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive and Sexual Coercion
- Hanging Out or Hooking Up: Clinical Guidelines on Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse
- National Consensus Guidelines on Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence Victimization in Health care Settings