Preventing Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence and Health Care Providers

Health care professionals have the unique opportunity and ethical responsibility to identify victims of abuse and to refer and intervene on their behalf. Health care providers are often the first or only professionals to see the injuries of the abused, yet many victims of domestic violence move in and out of the health care system without identification or referrals.

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In 2008, the Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP), in collaboration with the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition Health Care Committee (UDVC HCC), administered a survey seeking information from Utah’s hospital emergency department staff in their screening, assessment, and referral of patients ages 18 and older whom they suspected were victims of intimate partner violence. The survey consisted of questions regarding demographics of the respondent, policies and procedures, obstacles staff have faced, IPV training, and resources for victims.

The VIPP and UDVC HCC have developed a training manual, training Power Point presentation, and RADAR cards that can assist health care providers in training their staff on responding to domestic violence.

To schedule training or learn about additional resources contact Katie McMinn at kmcminn@utah.gov or (801) 538-9277.

Health Care Provider Training Materials