New Screening & Counseling Toolkit Addresses IPV

Thursday, January 16, 2014

ipvDid you know women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetime were more likely to report having asthma, diabetes, frequent headaches, chronic pain, poor physical and mental health?

Health Cares About IPV has released a screening and counseling toolkit to address intimate partner violence for providers so that women and girls affected by IPV are more readily identifed, better served and supported, and experience improved health outcomes. IPV is an intersectional issue that is vitally important to address when working with women and girls in any service capacity.

According to a Futures Without Violence fact sheet:

The United States has made progress in the last few decades in addressing this violence, resulting in welcome declines1 – but there is more work to do to implement the strategies that hold the most promise. These include teaching the next generation that violence is wrong, training more health care providers to assess patients for abuse, implementing workplace prevention and victim support programs, and making services available to all victims including immigrants and children who witness violence.

Prevalence of Domestic Violence in the United States 

  • On average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner.
  • In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data collected in 2005 that finds that women experience two million injuries from intimate partner violence each year.
  • Nearly one in four women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life.

    Get the tools to tackle this issue as everyone should live a life free of violence.

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