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"It's an excellent tool for assessing domestic violence." Teresa Nirider, RN, Public Health Nurse, WY Department of Health, Family Nurse Partnership Program."
From the Desk of Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Partners in Prevention
Dear Healthcare Provider,
Are you screening for domestic violence in your medical practice? How many patients have you screened for domestic abuse in the last 30 days? And of those assessed, how many screened positive for intimate partner violence?
It is estimated that 25% of all patients seen in ambulatory clinics may be victims of spousal abuse. According to the American Medical Association, more than 1.5 million women nationwide seek medical treatment for injuries related to abuse each year.
1 out of every 3 women will be assaulted by an intimate partner during her lifetime.
60 to 70% of men who abuse their female partners also batter their children.
Healthcare providers are expected to assess and provide appropriate referrals for patients who may be victims of violence, according to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' (JCAHO) competency standards with respect to domestic abuse.
However as seen in one study, almost 80% of physicians identified fewer than five victims in the past year. The public looks to healthcare with an expectation that one’s healthcare provider will screen for conditions that effect their health and safety.
"My test confirmed an abusive relationship. When I trace my journey, I see that the abuse was there from very early on, and that there were a number of professionals I approached, and clearly was expressing the red flags of an abusive relationship, but not one ever acknowledged, supported or directed me." Anonymous Survivor
Individuals affected by domestic abuse are falling through the cracks of the healthcare system. You can prevent this and overcome common clinical barriers to assessing domestic violence in your own practice simply by providing your patients with access to the Intimate Partner Abuse Screen®.
Hear What People Say About the Intimate Partner Abuse Screen®. Comments from a Healthcare Provider and Domestic Abuse Survivor (30 sec.)
"It gave me confidence and tools to help people recognize relationship violence."
L.N., Social Worker, Department of Social Services, Rapid City, SD
"The test was very useful, and very non-pointing a figure (without pointing a finger). Yet, it put the responsibility of recognition on the shoulder of the survivor."
Julianne Stangel, Nurse Practitioner, NM
How do you know if your patient is in a
"Is this abuse?" That's a question we ask again and again, even when we have the answer from the core of our being.
Yet, her/his partner continues to say, "It's in your head," "You just bruise too easily," or how about this one, "If you weren't so sensitive..."
And when all these fail to convince or confuse, the abuser claims, "It was an accident." "It's your fault." "You made me do it." "You made me say it."
And then when the abuse, that is the "elephant under the carpet," is not being covered up, she/he is showered with promises of change...of peace...and more.
It can be very confusing.
Deep down inside, the question lingers. Is this a dangerously abusive relationship?
And with this question unanswered, the pain multiplies. The outbursts haunt and, more often than not, they magnify...while remedy gets further and further out of reach.
All awhile, many people living domestic abuse remain perplexed in, and by, it. Is it the hitting, the verbal licks, the mental manipulations? What is it?
What is domestic abuse, spousal abuse, intimate partner violence?
You may be wondering why listen to me?
I have been helping people identify intimate partner abuse and family violence for nearly a decade. And I serve as a consulting expert on both civil and criminal domestic abuse cases.
The first book I wrote on the subject, All But My Soul, became a college textbook in criminal justice. Since this time, I've published over 100 articles on identifying, ending and healing domestic abuse.
I formed nonprofit Partners in Prevention, dedicated to helping healthcare providers identify domestic abuse and cultivate skills to help patients who are victims of violence. We also have a Family Violence Prevention and Intervention Program.
I am a seasoned psychologist of 27 years. And this background gives me the benefit of understanding the psychosocial dynamics that bind abusive relationships as well as the mechanics of healing relationship violence.
Knowing "It" from the inside out
But all of my knowledge about the dynamics of domestic abuse and healing abuse doesn't come from the hundreds of books I have read or from the people I have helped. It also comes from the fact that I, too, lived the nightmare of domestic violence.
So I know it from the inside out, as well. And I know how hard it is to get the answer, Am I in a dangerously abusive relationship?
I truly understand how important it is for you to clearly and accurately identify what your patients are struggling with at home and in their relationships. And I know the benefits this will yield to your patients and to their families.
Are you equipped to recognize and manage patients who are victims of domestic violence?
One out of every three women treated in your practice is a potential victim of domestic abuse, and nurses and physicians are expected to determine which of their patients are indeed victims of violence.
Many nurses and physicians ask:
How do I recognize domestic violence before it spirals out of control?
What are the subtle signs of intimate partner violence?
How do I get around the awkwardness of broaching the subject and interfacing with patients who are victims of domestic abuse?
How do I accurately assess intimate partner violence?
What is the difference between violence associated with substance abuse and violence that is a manifestation of domestic abuse?
How do I see beyond my own personal biases and judgments, which interfere with my seeing her and her situation clearly?
How do I help my patient see what's so obvious-looking from the outside in. How do I shine the light?
You can have the answer to that pressing question, Is she/he in a dangerously abusive relationship? You understand what intimate partner violence is. You know what partner/spousal abuse is. You know the signs of emotional and verbal abuse. And you have insight into what stops it.
In as little as 15 minutes, your patients can have all of this anonymously, discretely and confidentially from this website right now.
The Intimate Partner Abuse Screen® will take your patient by the hand and give the answers to those burning questions, instantly!
What is the Intimate Partner Abuse Screen®?
The Intimate Partner Abuse Screen® is a tool I developed to help people recognize domestic abuse when it lives in their lives. I was inspired to develop this screening tool by audiences I addressed, coast to coast, who repeatedly asked me to help them help others see what's so obvious-looking from the outside in.
My primary audience consisted of healthcare professionals. Physicians and nurses nationwide wanted to know, "How do I shine light?" for patients who are being abused.
The Intimate Partner Abuse Screen® is a private, user-friendly, quick, accurate screen for intimate partner violence, commonly called spousal abuse, intimate partner abuse, domestic abuse or domestic violence.
It hones in on the dynamics of intimate partner abuse, unclouded by other relationship issues. Through its specialized focus, the Intimate Partner Abuse Screen® brings the abuse issue into view making it easier for you to detect should it be there.
And if your patient's experience is indeed NOT intimate partner violence (that is, if it doesn't fulfill the diagnostic criteria for intimate partner violence), that will become apparent as well.
End the confusion about domestic abuse, once and for all!
1) A personalized interpretive report which objectively identifies (or excludes) intimate partner abuse is generated for each patient. You may wish to include this report in your patient's record.
Knowing where your patients stand relative to relationship abuse is easily done through the information of an objective interpretive report.
Whereas, if you seek to answer the question of whether your patient is in a dangerous relationship from a few subjective questions or checklist without an interpretive report, your patient is left to spiral into internal rationalization and justification question by question...item by item.
It is extremely important to put your paitent's natural self-serving defenses to rest when you are seeking to know if she/he is in an abusive relationship. Getting a definitive, objective assessment can put one in the "stop-guessing" mode and into the "start-treating" mode in moments.
With an accurate assessment, you can make an appropriate referral and your patient can properly address her/his situation before it spirals out of control.
2) The Intimate Partner Abuse Screen® identifies the subtle communication patterns of abusive relationships as well the gross interaction patterns. And it shows you the inner and outer manifestations of partner abuse, helping you see...
subtle communication and interaction signs as well as the obvious signs
the internal affective aspects as well as the external behavioral symptoms
the actions, feelings and innermost thoughts associated with abuse and lastly,
it seeks to capture the vantage point of both the abuser and the abused
You will identify intimate partner abuse long before it spirals into severe physical injury, and long before it spirals out of control. No one deserves to be a causality of domestic violence.
3) The online administration of the Intimate Partner Abuse Screen® is designed to be completely confidential and discrete.
We do not retain your patient's personal information in conjunction with the test answers. Your patient's identity and personal issues remain private.
Your patients may optionally choose to download the bonus materials we make available following the test.
What this test is not. It's not just a laundry list of what abuse looks like. It's not a personality test or psychological profile.
...Rather, it is more of an interpersonal and intrapersonal profile. The Intimate Partner Abuse Screen® will help you and your patients understand the pieces of the mysterious partner/spousal abuse puzzle and its emotional verbal abuse components.
Why we decided to make the Intimate Partner Abuse Screen® available to your practice .
Partners in Prevention provides continuing medical and nursing education on domestic abuse to healthcare providers. We help physicians and nurses nationwide to both recognize domestic abuse and develop clinical skills to assist patients who are victims of domestic violence.
In providing this training, we learned that most people don't know what battering is or the damage it can actually do. When audiences in our programs are asked the question "Would you know if you were in a dangerous relationship?", consistently 90% of the people acknowledge they would not know if they were in a dangerous relationship.
Far too often, we hear people say, "If he had hit me, I would have known much earlier" ...and could have avoided further pain and destruction.
With the privacy of the Internet, your patients can find answers to questions that they may not ask in other forums. You can screen for dangerous relationships without making your patients feel ashamed or embarrassed by your inquiry.
Our hope is to make this education easy, comfortable and affordable to anyone who longs to know...
"Am I in an abusive relationship?"
"Am I entangled in intimate partner violence?"
"Is this domestic abuse?"
Our primary goal for the Intimate Partner Abuse Screen® is to help you identify intimate partner violence before it spirals out of control.
What is the bottom line?
How much for this information and understanding?
We have some good news for you! Since there is no printing costs for the online Intimate Partner Abuse Screen®, you can have the online test and Interpretive Report to use in your practice immediately from this website. There is NO COST to your practice; your patients pay for the test online. We will provide you with a coupon code so your patients recieve a 50% saving off the test price of $29.95. Your patients pay only $14.97!
And that's not all. With the Intimate Partner Abuse Screen®, your patients will also receive the following Free Downloadable Bonuses (valued at $55), immediately available after they complete their Intimate Partner Abuse Screen®.
E-Book, entitled The Dangerous Myths & Shocking Truths about Domestic Abuse, which contains 30 pages of powerful, insightful information on Intimate Partner Violence.
And Three NEW Eye-Opener Special Reports:
Domestic Abuse and Self-Esteem: Conditioned Disassociation
Emotional Abuse: It's Not About You
The Psychophysiological Illnesses of Domestic Abuse
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It is our honor to have the opportunity to contribute to the safety of your patients. And our pleasure to assit in making this assessment service available for your professional use.
Partners in Prevention
Jeanne King, Ph.D.
P.S. If you wish to join Partners in Prevention in helping other healthcare professionals to prevent domestic violence, please visit: Healthcare Partners Page
The proceeds from sales on this website support the work of Partners in Prevention, a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to helping individuals, families and healthcare professionals to recognize and end domestic abuse.