"Be a Partner in Domestic Violence Prevention and Help Your Community, Your Healthcare Delivery and Your Business."
Partners in Prevention is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization committed to helping bridge healthcare delivery and domestic abuse victim advocacy. We are devoted to insuring that healthcare intervention and treatment for domestic violence survivors supports these patients in regaining their safety, health and well-being.
We are dedicated to preventing domestic violence and intervening with educational and therapeutic resources. Through consulting with domestic abuse survivors and by publishing and distributing domestic violence ebooks, we help individuals worldwide recognize, end and heal from domestic abuse. Through training and speaking, we inspire and teach nurses, physicians and therapists nationwide to identify domestic violence, facilitate change and restore healing for the abused patients they serve.
Your Prevention Opportunity
We invite you to participate with us in breaking the cycle of relationship violence. Read on to learn about our premise, promise and partnership. And see how you can be a part of domestic abuse intervention and prevention in your own community.
The Problem, the Need and the Opportunity:
Why Domestic Abuse Education for Healthcare Providers
Intimate partner violence and child abuse are public health problems of enormous proportions.
One out of every three women will be assaulted by an intimate partner during her lifetime, and 60 to 70% of men who abuse their female partners also batter their children.
Domestic violence doesn't only compromise the abused; far too often it results in their murder. Domestic abuse results in medical expenses of $3 to 5 billion per year and costs employers another $100 million in lost wages, sick leave, absenteeism and lessened productivity.
The most effective method of reducing these losses, and preventing domestic abuse from escalating to the point of severe injury or death, is for healthcare professionals to recognize it and intercede. By applying models developed to identify other chronic health problems, the healthcare system can play a significant role in interrupting the cycle of abuse. However, effective training for healthcare providers to this end is virtually non-existent. The net result is systematic failure to prevent domestic violence.
Studies suggest most healthcare providers do not assess for domestic abuse even though they are required by hospital regulations to do so.
According to the American Medical Association, more than 1.5 million women nationwide seek medical treatment for injuries related to abuse each year.
It is estimated that 25% of all patients seen in ambulatory clinics may be victims of spousal abuse.
Yet, research reveals that only a small percentage of these abused patients are being recognized in the healthcare system.
In one study, almost 80% of physicians identified fewer than five victims in the past year.
Antidotal and survey findings show that healthcare providers believe they are ill-quipped to identify and intervene in domestic abuse cases.
Solution and Intended Results:
The Domestic Abuse Assessment and Clinical Management Training
Partners in Prevention steps into this huge knowledge and service gap, providing highly polished programs on clinical skills necessary to interrupt abuse. These programs, called "Domestic Abuse Assessment and Clinical Management Training", fulfill the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' (JCAHO) competency standards with respect to domestic abuse.
The training is designed to augment—not replicate, nor replace—the resources of domestic abuse advocacy. The essential distinction of this training is its focus on helping healthcare providers develop the clinical skills necessary for intimate partner violence intervention. Without these clinical skills, healthcare providers frequently fail to implement the important lessons of domestic violence programs given by local abuse agencies.
The Domestic Abuse Assessment and Clinical Management Training strengthens the healthcare provider's ability to act as a catalyst for domestic abuse intervention. Essentially, the training:
shows how to overcome the barriers most healthcare providers face in addressing domestic violence, and
offers clinical psychotherapeutic strategies that restore healing for the abused patients they serve.
- better equipped to interface with this patient population and
- show greater success in facilitating therapeutic change.
The Opportunity and the Vision
The delivery of these programs gives healthcare providers skills and knowledge that they are required to have by law, yet in which they are deficient. This program is essentially workforce development and quality improvement in healthcare delivery.
However, the ultimate beneficiary of Domestic Abuse Assessment and Clinical Management Training is our communities. The health promotion and violence prevention implications of these programs extend beyond the healthcare provider and patient to the hospital, the patient's family and to society at large.