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Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day)

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The Social Services Division at Eastland Memorial Hospital in Texas kicked off a hospital-wide toiletries drive on HCADV Day to benefit their local domestic violence community partner, Crime Victim Assistance Center. Staff wore purple in recognition of DV awareness.

In observance of Yum Kippur 2019, the 20th annual HCADV Day will be held on the following Wednesday: October 16, 2019.

Watch a recording of our 2018 HCADV Day Webinar here!

Medical studies link the long-term effects of domestic violence and abuse with a myriad of health problems, such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, eating disorders, and substance abuse. While doctors and nurses routinely ask about high blood pressure and high cholesterol, too few assess for domestic violence and its impact on health. Universal education provides an opportunity for clients to make the connection between violence, health problems, and risk behaviors. Through a brochure-based universal education approach clients seeking services in health care facilities or domestic violence programs can receive information about the impact of abuse on their health.

Health Cares About Domestic Violence (HCADV) Day is a nationally-recognized day that takes place annually on the second Wednesday of October. The 19th annual HCADV Day was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Sponsored by FUTURES, the awareness-raising day aims to reach members of the healthcare and advocacy communities to offer education about the critical importance of universal education to promote healthy relationships, address the health impact of abuse and offer warm referrals to domestic violence advocates.

This year, healthcare providers and advocates across the nation organized activities to engage colleagues, clients, and the public, including:

On October 10, 2018 healthcare providers and advocates across the nation organized activities to engage colleagues, clients, and the public in HCADV Day, including:

  • University of California Santa Barbara’s Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) Advocate Office hosted a tabling event for HCADV Day to educate those in healthcare about the importance of screening and counseling for domestic violence as a means of better supporting survivors. The event was interactive with a whiteboard for messages of support for survivors as well as a game with provoking questions.
  • The Lake Family Resource Center encouraged health care providers and community members to wear purple, the symbolic hue for domestic violence. They will also host other events during the month like their annual “Power of the Purple Walk”.
  • Lakeport City Council, Clearlake City Council, and the Board of Supervisors issued proclamations to increase involvement in efforts to prevent further violence.
  • Partners for Peace, the domestic violence resource center serving Piscataquis and Penobscot counties in Maine, hosted three End Domestic Violence Days during the month of October: a color fun run/walk, a vigil/remembrance community gathering BBQ, and their Knowledge Empowers Campaign.
  • Multiple viewing parties of FUTURES’ “How are Health Care Providers and DV Advocates Working Together? A #HCADVDay #DVAM Webinar” were hosted by advocates and healthcare providers including one organized by Passages in Richland Center, WI with hospital staff; and one in Marin County, South Florida organized by a DNP student at the clinic where they are conducting their doctoral project.
  • Health advocacy group, Health Imperatives, shared a social post on their Facebook site.

HCADV Day 2017 activities are listed below:

  • The Santa Clara Public Health Department in California adapted several safety cards by localizing their community referrals and translating into Vietnamese and Chinese to increase outreach and improve health and safety outcomes for more of their county’s residents.
  • The Social Services Division at Eastland Memorial Hospital in Texas kicked off a hospital-wide toiletries drive on HCADV Day to benefit their local domestic violence community partner, Crime Victim Assistance Center (pictured above). The drive will run for the remainder of the month.
  • The Jacobi Medical Center, a Trauma I medical facility in New York, held a month-long donation drive for local domestic violence shelters. The Center additionally 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.
    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 Jersey Battered Women’s Services developed posters and a toolkit featuring content on HCADV Day.
  • The Texas Council on Family Violence developed sharable graphics to raise awareness that domestic violence is a healthcare issue as part of HCADV Day.
  • The Center for Community Solutions shared a blog post about HCADV Day.

Planning ahead? In observance of Yum Kippur 2019, the 20th annual HCADV Day will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, October 16, 2019. We offer a number of resources to help you organize events and activities on and beyond HCADV Day, such as this webinar featuring planning tips and social media tools. We encourage you to be creative!

To view more examples of recent and past HCADV Day activities visit our Action KitWant to stay connected? Click here to be the first to hear about HCADV Day and Health-related updates.

For questions about the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, organizing local events, or to talk through your ideas contact health@futureswithoutviolence.org.