Health care providers are crucial allies to the violence prevention movement and are essential to breaking the cycle of violence and building safe and healthy communities.
Relationship violence has serious and devastating long-term health effects, and is linked to a range of health issues, including chronic illness and unplanned pregnancy. But, as most women visit health care providers at some point in their lives, these visits provide a window of opportunity to address violence and empower patients with information.
By asking about violence and offering non-judgmental support and resources, health care providers can make a significant difference for patients’ health, safety and quality of life.
Screening and Counseling Toolkit
Health Cares About IPV: IPV Screening and Counseling – This toolkit was developed to assist health care providers and advocates in collaborating to improve the health and safety of those experiencing IPV.
Fact Sheet on Reproductive Coercion
Get the Facts: Reproductive Coercion – Helpful information for advocates AND health care workers alike.
National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
This resource offers a wealth of information on violence and health.
National Consensus Guidelines on Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence Victimization in Health Care Settings
These guidelines offer screening tools and suggestions for health care providers.