UPDATED February 10, 2014
There is a vast amount of information on the Internet for health care professionals treating patients they suspect may be victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The following links offer a helpful place to start. Please feel free to Contact Us with any additional questions.
For Survivors: If you are victim of domestic violence and you have injuries to your head, face, neck or teeth as a result of the violence, or you have scars or need other reconstructive surgeries due to injuries you received, you may qualify for free surgery from The Rose Fund. Another free program that assists men and women in need of dental work due to domestic violence is the 1-800-Dentist Give Back a Smile Program.
If you are interested in learning more about legal requirements and guidelines for healthcare professionals working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, the following links might be helpful:
Relevant Family Violence State Laws
Mandatory reporting, training, screening, and protocol requirements by state.
American Medical Association: National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse
Guidelines for detecting and treating family violence.
National Consensus Guidelines to Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence Victimization in Health Care Settings
Publication discussing effective responses to victims of domestic violence in health care settings and offers recommendations on whom to screen, how often and in what settings.
If you are interested in learning about how you, as a healthcare professional, can help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, see: Five Simple Steps to Help Your Patients
National Institute of Justice: Documenting Domestic Violence
How health care providers can help victims by documenting the abuse.
Building Bridges between Domestic Violence Advocates and Health Care Providers
How healthcare professional and domestic violence advocates can better work together to help victims.
Women and Domestic Violence: Programs and Tools That Improve Care for Victims
Programs and tools published by the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for healthcare professionals working with victims of domestic violence.
Improving the Health Care Response to Domestic Violence: A Resource Manual for Health Care Providers
Educate practitioners on: the dynamics of domestic violence; screening, identification, assessment and intervention; and interventions with batterers. Provide practical tools including a Model Hospital Intervention packet outlining effective protocols and sample forms for screening, domestic violence/abuse assessment, documentation, safety planning and discharge.
If you are interested in getting related materials about domestic violence and health care, you can get them at no cost on the Futures Without Violence website.
Please note that we are not affiliated with any of the above organizations and cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information contained on these sites.