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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 in partnership with the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center/Hartford Hospital, 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.

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.