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Health Professional Outreach Project

Read the HPO Project Annual Analysis FY17

Intimate partner violence is associated with significant health problems for victims. Anxiety, depression, diabetes, hypertension, sexually transmitted diseases, serious injury, and substance use, all of which have long-term physical and emotional repercussions. The emotional and physical impact of a controlling, emotionally and physically abusive relationship is challenging for the victim, as well as children who witness this type of abuse. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being, identifies intimate partner violence as a family risk factor. Children who witness domestic violence in the home are also at risk for long-term health consequences.  

In an effort to develop a statewide response to the health risks for both children and adults, CCADV is implementing a Health Professional Outreach project. This medical advocacy program will educate healthcare providers about the risks associated with intimate partner violence, recommend screening tools to identify individuals at risk, and support the process for referring to intimate partner violence providers for follow up care. The program will consult with providers to review policies and procedures to enhance the health care response to intimate partner violence, including new billing procedures for screening. A key to this programs success will be strengthening the relationships between the regional healthcare systems and the local member programs.

Below are two great resources for health professionals:

  • A series of training videos that allow health professionals to learn in their own time frame the critical information that will help them meet the needs of patients experiencing intimate partner violence
  • A toolkit for health professionals of helpful documents and resources related to intimate partner violence

Training and consultation for policy guidance is provided FREE OF COST. Trainings are available for 1 to 3 hours and each hour qualifies for one continuing education credit. Click here to learn more about Health Professional Outreach training - Screening & Intervention for Health Professionals.

This project is funded by the CT Department of Social Services.

Health Professional Training Videos

The following is a series of training videos developed specifically for health professionals to learn more about addressing intimate partner violence within their practices. For questions or more information, please contact Jillian Gilchrest, MSW, Director of Health Professional Outreach.


Intimate Partner Violence for Health Professionals: What You Need to Know

Learn more about the methods of control used by abusers and how victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can seek help.

Why Should Health Professionals Screen for Domestic Violence

Healthcare providers can play a vital role in the lives of their patients. Learn why you should screen your patients for domestic violence.

Practicing Patient Care: A toolbox for domestic violence
screenings and referrals

It’s one thing to know about the importance of screening your patients for domestic violence, but quite another to conduct the screen. Learn some tips and tools for incorporating the screen into your practice and feel comfortable doing it.

Talking to Women: Screening & Referral for OBGYN Health Professionals

One in four women will experience domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner, and women who are pregnant or parenting an infant experience physical violence at much higher rates. OBGYNs can play a vital role in connecting their patients to supports and services.

Impacts of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who witness domestic violence experience short term and long term health consequences. Learn more about what to look for and how to help.

Talking to Caregivers about Domestic Violence: Screening & Referral for
Pediatric Health Professionals

Pediatricians can play an important role in screening parents for domestic violence. Learn how to effectively screen a patient’s parent and effectively document that screen.

Screening & Referral Re-Enactment

Screening patients for domestic violence is easier said than done. Learn effective tips and tools for screening from medical providers in the field.

Culturally Specific Issues/Mental Health/Trauma (Spanish)

Not all victims of domestic violence experience control and abuse the same way or have the same options available to them. This training, in Spanish, will expand your understanding of how domestic violence is experienced.

Health Professional Toolkit

Intimate Partner Violence is a preventable public health issue that affects millions of Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control. Healthcare professionals can and should play a critical role in screening for and responding to this health issue. Most Americans trust their health provider and they come to see you because they want help. Healthcare settings are safe and nurturing - the perfect place to explore options and resources with victims.

CCADV's Health Professional Outreach Project, which began in July 2015, seeks to support a statewide response to health risks faced by adult and child victims. The project uses an educational approach to support health providers to screen, intervene and strengthen connections to local domestic violence services. The program offers consultation to providers to review policies and procedures, as well as enhance the healthcare response to intimate partner violence.

The following is a toolkit of resources that professionals across the healthcare system can use to inform their services to patients at risk for abuse in their intimate relationships. This toolkit will be updated as new information becomes available. You can download and save the complete toolkit, or you can download the individual sections of the toolkit, each linked individually below.

Please contact Jillian Gilchrest, MSW at jgilchrest@ctcadv.org or 860.282.7899 with questions related to screening, training, technical assistance or resources. If you are interested in learning more about domestic violence, please check out our trainings offered through CCADV's Training Institute or additional resources on our Publications Page.

Download COMPLETE Health Professional Toolkit
(approx 8 MB, may take a few seconds to download)

Individual toolkit sections...

CCADV Health Professional Project Training Flyer - share with your colleagues to let them know about the free training and technical assistance available through the project

CCADV Help is Available tear-offs - post around your facility in areas where potential victims might see it while alone (e.g., the restroom or the back of an examine room door). Even if they're not ready to discuss the abuse, the domestic violence hotline number may be something they want to take with them.

CCADV Help is Available tri-fold - The discrete, business card size tri-fold brochure contains warning signs for domestic violence and tips for people who believe that someone they know may be a victim. Content is in both English and Spanish. Printing instructions are included on the document.

CCADV Don't Wait and Vida Campaigns - These are two public awareness campaigns designed to increase public knowledge about where to receive help when dealing with domestic violence.

CDC Understanding Intimate Partner Violence - fact sheet highlighting intimate partner violence and its impact on health

CDC Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Victimization Assessment Instruments for Use in Healthcare Settings - this document is a compilation of existing tools for assessing intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV) victimization in clinical/healthcare settings.

US Preventative Task Force Recommendations Statement on Screening for Family and Intimate Partner Violence

Family Violence Prevention and Services Program Affordable Care Act Frequently Asked Questions for Domestic Violence Advocate and Survivors - document highlighting how the ACA impacts domestic violence/intimate partner violence survivors.

National Institute of Justice, Documenting Domestic Violence, How Health Care Providers Can Help Victims - outlines how medical documentation of domestic violence can help victims involved with the criminal justice/judicial systems.

Futures Without Violence (formerly "Family Violence Prevention Fund") National Consensus Guidelines on Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence Victimization in Healthcare Settings - provides definitions, rationale and guidance for assessing and responding to domestic violence.

Futures Without Violence (formerly "Family Violence Prevention Fund") Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence Consensus Recommendations for Child & Adolescent Health - The guidelines offered here provide specific recommendations for assessing and responding to domestic violence in child health settings, which provide a unique and important opportunity to inquire about domestic violence and to educate parents about the impact of such violence on children. Virtually every child is seen at some point by a health provider.

CDC Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and HIV on Women - fact sheet highlighting research on known links.

Additional Resources for Providers

Futures Without Violence

Center for Disease Control (CDC) - Injury Prevention & Control, Division of Violence

Adverse Child Events Study (ACES)

For more information about CCADV’s Health Professional Outreach Project, please contact Jillian Gilchrest, MSW, Director, at jgilchrest@ctcadv.org or (860) 282-7899.