Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day Action Kit
Activities You Can Organize
Learn more about organizing for HCADV Day through these HCADV Day Planning webinar slides!
- Introduce the subject of domestic violence by sending an e-mail to colleagues about the day.
- Post information on your company, community or school’s website about the day.
- Collaborate with a local domestic violence agency to hold a community awareness forum or DV101 training at the health center. Find your local DV agency here.
- Organize a resource table and distribute facts sheets, patient educational materials, and a local resource list with phone numbers of local shelters, hotlines, and community resources. View an example of a local resources webpage from Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Public Safety.
- Install screen savers on all computers that provide DV resources.
- Encourage providers to wear “Is someone hurting you? You can talk to me about it” buttons.
- Commit to routine screening for intimate partner violence at your health setting or try routine screening for one week. View the Health Cares About IPV: Screening and Counseling Toolkit to help you get started.
- Organize a training session or webinar for health care staff on DV screening and counseling. Download PowerPoint presentations from the Making the Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health Toolkit.
- Invite an advocate or survivor to speak at a brown bag lunch. Download the NRCDV’s From the Front of the Room: A Survivor’s Guide to Public Speaking.
- Reach out to your community by writing an op. ed., or editorial memo for the local newspaper or your company newsletter.
- Engage your staff, community and local DV agencies in a conversation about screening for IPV in healthcare settings using social media with the hashtags #HCADV, #DVAM and others! View sample social media posts below.
- Hang posters and place safety cards in waiting areas and patient rooms to give patients the message that support is available.
Sample Social Media Posts
Sample Tweets: Tweet it! (dates reflect HCADV Day 2019)
- Don’t forget: Health Cares About #DomesticViolence Day is Oct. 16! Here’s how you can spread the word: http://bit.ly/HCADVaction #HCADV #DVAM
- How can you raise awareness about health impact of #DV? Participate in Health Cares About #DomesticViolence Day! http://bit.ly/HCADVaction
- Oct. 16 is Health Cares About #Domestic Violence Day! RT to help spread the word http://bit.ly/HCADVaction #HCADV #DVAM
- Join @WithoutViolence on Oct. 16 to support Health Cares About #Domestic Violence Day! Learn more http://bit.ly/HCADVDay #HCADV #DVAM
- Oct. 16 is Health Cares About #DomesticViolence Day #HCADV – a day to raise awareness about health impact of #DV http://bit.ly/HCADVDay
- Oct. 16 is Health Cares About #DomesticViolence Day #HCADV: help raise awareness to the health care community #DVAM http://bit.ly/HCADVDay
- Did you know your relationship affects your health? Oct. 16 is Health Cares About #DomesticViolence Day #HCADV http://bit.ly/HCADVDay #DVAM
Sample Facebook Post: Share it on Facebook!
- Join @FuturesWithoutViolence on Oct. 16 to recognize Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day! Help raise awareness about the health impact of domestic violence by taking action. We’ve got some ideas here: http://bit.ly/HCADVaction
- Today is Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day! SHARE this post and help raise awareness about the health impact of domestic violence. Learn more here about this initiative: http://bit.ly/HCADVDay
- October 16 is Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (#HCADV Day), sponsored by @FuturesWithoutViolence. HCADV Day aims to reach members of the health care community about the critical need for screening for domestic violence, as well as long-term health implications. For more: http://bit.ly/HCADVDay
Examples of Recent and Past Events
- In October 2017 Eastland Memorial Hospital’s employees wore purple to work in recognition of HCADV Day.
- The New Jersey Health Cares About Domestic and Sexual Violence Collaborative obtained a Joint Legislative Resolution recognizing HCADV Day as “New Jersey Health Cares About Domestic and Sexual Violence Day”.
- The Center for Community Solutions shared a blog post about HCADV Day.
- The Jacobi Medical Center, a Trauma I medical facility in New York, held a month-long donation drive for local domestic violence shelters. Additionally, the Center provided a staff lecture titled, “Understanding Tech Abuse in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence.” The Center also implemented the Clothesline Project. Patients and staff created t-shirts expressing their ideas on relationship abuse, which are available for viewing during the month of October.
- In 2016 the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence hosted a Domestic Violence Awareness Roundtable, Every Patient Every Time, co-sponsored by the Senate Chair of the Connecticut’s Public Health Committee. This awareness-raising event highlighted the importance of screening and referrals, particularly among pregnant and parenting women.
- CHI Mercy Health, along with seven other Catholic Health Initiative hospitals and medical centers in North Dakota, recognized HCADV Day by connecting with local professionals and community members through trainings and education sessions. CHI St. Alexius honored HCADV Day by encouraging staff to wear purple in honor of survivors and victims.
- The University of Virginia and the Crisis Center for South Suburbia featured blog posts announcing information tables, set up to connect the public with advocates and resources.
- Grace Smith House encouraged providers to wear stickers that ask, “Do you feel safe in your relationship?”
- The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence recognized the day by publishing an online post on their website.
- Check out the Alliance Against Family Violence’s Facebook post about HCADV Day.
- In October 2013, the Texas Council on Family Violence hosted a Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day public forum and provided training from leaders in domestic violence and women’s health care on the health effects of intimate partner violence. The discussion explored how health care professionals can assist people they come in contact with people whom they believe are survivors of domestic violence. The panel also discussed the implications of intimate partner violence on teen pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS Services, and Maternal/Child Health.
- The Woman Abuse Council of Toronto developed the “Health Cares About Woman Abuse” campaign targeting health care providers in Toronto-area hospitals, public health offices, and community health centers. Information booths and specially developed campaign materials were available to reflect the needs of the diverse population of women in the city of Toronto.
- Dr. Liliana Hamlett in San Jose, CA organized a “Grand Rounds on Domestic Violence” screening for faculty, medical residents and community guests at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The panelists were: Police Captain Alana Forrest; Supervising Attorney for Family Violence in the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office Daniel Nishigaya; and Dr. Amy Laws, who specializes in internal medicine, diabetes, preventive cardiology and geriatrics. The event began with a basic introduction addressing the importance of screening and the prevalence of domestic violence. Panelists with criminal justice backgrounds explained law enforcement protocol and how health care professionals can strengthen the prosecution of domestic violence cases with better documentation.
- The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) released a media advisory to its community to increase awareness and to promote routine health screening of abuse. SEARHC’s Domestic Violence Task Force has participated in awareness events in Sitka for several years. On HCADV Day, they organized a resource table in the main lobby to provide information and general resources to both staff and the public.
- A Charlotte AmeriCorps volunteer has recruited seven Michigan State University nursing students to distribute domestic violence literature to doctors, hospitals and clinics in the community on Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day. The literature includes information on local resources, a patient education safety card, a poster and guidelines for identifying and responding to abuse.This activity was highly successful in reaching health care providers in rural communities.
- The Kaw Nation Domestic Violence Project hosted a two-hour presentation at the Kanza Clinic on Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day. It addressed domestic violence and health care workers, and issues regarding full faith and credit. Staff members from the project distribute information for health care practitioners at two health fairs to spread the word about the Kaw Nation’s Domestic Violence Project.
- Look to End Abuse Permanently (LEAP) and the San Francisco Department of Public Health co-sponsored a training on childhood exposure to domestic violence. The speakers included Patricia Van Horn, PhD, JD Division Director, SFGH Division of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry; Chris Stewart, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF; Jamie Cox, MSW, Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator, La Casa de las Madres; and Blia Moua, MSW, provided excellent information concerning the issue of childhood exposure to domestic violence. The training was a huge success with 130 health care and community-based staff in attendance.
- The West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) hosted a press conference to announce the WVHA’s support for the Governor’s Family Violence Coordinated Council recommendations regarding health care’s response to domestic violence. The attendees included the Secretary of Health and Deputy Insurance Commissioner, among others. Two television stations and the Charleston newspaper covered the event.
Thank you for your outreach, creativity and for all of your valuable work! If you’ve organized an event or are planning one, we would love to hear from you! Let us know how we can best support your event or outreach on or beyond HCADV Day. For questions about our materials, organizing local events, or to talk through your ideas contact Graciela Olguin, Health Program Assistant at: firstname.lastname@example.org.