Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day)

HCADV generalMedical 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 Day is a nationally-recognized day that takes place annually on the second Wednesday of October. 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.

Events this year: 

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day: Building Partnerships to Support Survivors

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 11, 2023 10:00 AM PT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

Experiencing intimate partner violence can have long lasting health consequences. At the same time, survivors are often prevented from accessing health care by the person harming them. Domestic violence programs can play an important role in connecting survivors to health care as one strategy to support their healing, wellness, and autonomy. 

This year’s Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day webinar featured leaders within local domestic violence programs and state coalitions that participated in the Survivor Health Connections Innovation Lab, funded by the Office of Family Violence Prevention Services. Speakers shared their strategies to create and sustain partnerships between health programs (including behavioral health) and domestic violence programs, as well as health policies that increase access to care for survivors. Our featured speakers shared some of their innovative practices in addressing the behavioral and physical health needs of survivors, tools that organizations can utilize to formalize a partnership with a health provider/program, and policy opportunities to increase health access for survivors.

Featured speakers:

Shawndell N. Dawson, Director

Office of Family Violence Prevention and Services (OFVPS)
Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA)
Program Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Kelly Nissley
Substance Use & Recovery Specialist Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
Matthew Huffman
Chief Public Affairs Officer Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence 
Virginia Duplessis, Associate Director, Health
FUTURES Without Violence
Kelli McIntyre, Consultant
FUTURES Without Violence
This webinar was a collaborative effort of the Survivor Health Connections Project Training and Technical Assistance Consortium (SHCP TTA Consortium). The SHCP TTA Consortium is a partnership between The National Domestic Violence Hotline, The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health.

View our HCADV Day Past Activities Archive