Domestic Violence and Health Care Partnerships
The healthcare and domestic violence fields are defining new ways to work together to improve response to DSV, promote prevention, improve survivor health, and ultimately build safer and healthier communities.
The healthcare system provides an important entry point for identifying survivors and creating linkages to advocacy services. Healthcare professionals have an opportunity to provide universal education on safe and healthy relationships, assess for DSV, and intervene if abuse is identified.
Advocacy programs serve as an entry point for identifying survivors’ health needs and providing access to health services and preventative care. DSV advocates have an opportunity to improve survivor health, provide education on health impacts of DSV and create linkages to medical homes.