“I think part of what is so difficult, and has historically been so difficult, is for victims of domestic violence to communicate how afraid they are and how violent this person has been when no one’s watching....I think we have a tendency as a society as a whole to minimize this type of violence when we should be responding with a heightened level of concern...
Health Care Screening & Response
Domestic abuse is a health care issue.
Experiencing domestic violence is linked to a number of adverse health conditions, including arthritis, chronic neck and back pain, migraines, sexually transmitted infections, and stomach ulcers1. All of this is in addition to the direct damage caused by physical and sexual assaults.
MCEDV and the local member domestic violence resource centers work closely with the health care community. Together, we offer a number of trainings developed for different health care audiences.
We work with home health nurses, family planning providers, school nurses, mental health professionals and physicians, offering training, technical assistance and consultation around topics including:
- Screening for and responding to domestic abuse in the health care setting
- Reproductive coercion
- Trauma-informed approaches to care
- Connections between health care reform and domestic abuse
1Coker, A., Smith, P., Bethea, L., King, M., McKeown, R. 2000. “Physical Health Consequences of Physical and Psychological Intimate Partner Violence.” Archives of Family Medicine. 9.