New DHHS Recommendation for Domestic Violence Screening and Counseling

Title: New DHHS Recommendation for Domestic Violence Screening and Counseling

Date Recorded: July 24, 2012

Description: In August 2011, DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued new guidelines under the authority of the Affordable Care Act to ensure that women and adolescents receive preventive health services at no additional costs to patients including screening and counseling for domestic and interpersonal violence. This recommendation provides an opportunity to reach women who may not currently be served or connected to support. If providers are properly trained then the potential for positive change with medical provider responses to domestic violence is significant. Expanding screening within healthcare settings also means there is a potential increase in demand for advocacy services.

This webinar will provide an overview of the new guidelines and discuss implications for domestic violence programs, share resources from the National Health Resource Centers on Domestic Violence that can help advocates meet the training needs of health providers in their communities and share models for collaboration between advocates and providers. Speakers will also brainstorm capacity building strategies.


  • Marylouise Kelley, DHHS/ACF/Family Violence Prevention & Services Program
  • Lisa James, Futures Without Violence
  • Nancy Neylon, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
  • Kirsten Faisal, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence