On February 29, 2016, members of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse presented a report to the legislature detailing the state of Batterers' Intervention Programs (BIPs) in Maine. The report is the result of LD 150, a legislative resolve to study the use of BIPs in both pre-trial and post-conviction cases in Maine.
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.