- Julia Hodgson, PsyD, MEd, Director of Addiction Medicine, AIDS Care Group, Sharon Hill, PA
- Dana Lehman, PsyD, Psychologist Supervisor, AIDS Care Group, Sharon Hill, PA
- Kathleen Shirley, Office Manager, AIDS Care Group
Interpersonal Violence (IPV) is an epidemic in our country that impacts approximately a third of women and a tenth of men during their lifetime. Currently prevalence rates are increasing even more during the pandemic of COVID-19 due to a myriad of factors including isolation, financial stress, and lack of access to support and mental health resources. There is a disproportionate effect on marginalized communities, exacerbating the already detrimental adverse physical and mental health outcomes that result from IPV. Using lessons from the treatment and screening of individuals living with HIV in our own clinic, this presentation will address the vital task of adequate training of staff and screening of patients to identify and support those dealing with IPV. This presentation will address the major barriers to care that can arise from provider factors, including insufficient training, internal factors, and systemic barriers, both illuminating what may keep people from being identified as experiencing IPV and suggesting a routinized training and screening program for all medical and psychological practices.
- Identify 3 provider caused barrier to care for survivors of interpersonal violence.
- Identify 3 reasons interpersonal violence has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Describe 3 risk factors for interpersonal violence