Although intimate partner violence (IPV) is pandemic (1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men; CDC, 2017) and universal screening of girls and women is recommended by the Institute of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Services, and US Preventative Services Task Force, rates of IPV screening in primary care remain staggeringly low at 1.5-12% (Waalen et al., 2000). This presentation will explore barriers to IPV screening in primary care grounded in existing literature. We will propose educational and clinical strategies for addressing these barriers designed for interdisciplinary teams including medical providers/residents, behavioral health providers, and clinic staff. We will introduce the Futures Without Violence universal education model, an evidenced based, trauma informed approach for IPV. We will include a demonstration of the intervention and will facilitate small group discussion to support practices in more adeptly screening for and addressing needs of patients experiencing IPV.
- Explain the importance of screening for IPV in a primary care setting
- Demonstrate universal education/screening protocol for IPV
- Name 2 ways in which this protocol could be applied to the clinical settings at their home institution
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- Center for Disease Control (2017). Intimate Partner Violence. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/index.html.
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