Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects physical and mental health in many ways. Survivors of IPV seek help from their doctor more often than a domestic violence (DV) advocate. So, healthcare staff, providers, and DV agencies should work together to address survivors’ safety needs.
The US Office on Women’s Health (OWH) IPV Provider Network Project funded NCCADV's IPV Healthcare Project. We have partnered with 7 primary health care sites and 7 local DV agencies to put in place and test a screening and response protocol.
The program has three goals:
• Identifying patients experiencing IPV.
• Addressing abuse-related health issues.
• Providing referrals and safety planning.
The program and evaluation will continue until July 2018. After July 2018, NCCADV plans to share lessons learned and recommendations for addressing IPV in health care settings in NC.
Email Cassandra Rowe, Health Care Program Coordinator, for more information on the project or how DV agencies and health care providers can collaborate to keep survivors safe.
As a part of our work, we want to provide information on healthcare policies to DV agencies and healthcare providers who are addressing IPV. Click on this link for a document that explains how evolving US healthcare legislation and the recent tax bill will affect survivors of IPV.