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Health Professional Outreach Project

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.

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 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 Natacha Kerelejza, LCSW at nkerelejza@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.

HITS Tool for Screening of Intimate Partner Violence

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 Natacha Jaboin Kerelejza, LCSW, Clinical Director, at nkerelejza@ctcadv.org or (860) 282-7899.