Mar 19
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Melissa Dichter, associate professor in the School of Social Work, will present on current knowledge and best practices regarding identifying and responding to patient or client experience of intimate partner violence (IPV).

IPV is a major public health concern and a key social factor impacting health and access to healthcare. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other health and healthcare organizations recommend routine screening—and provision of services—for patient experience of IPV, at least for women of childbearing age. Research has found patient and provider support for addressing IPV in the healthcare setting, yet current practices generally fail to meet best practice guidelines.

This presentation will provide a background on IPV and its impacts on health and what we know about best practices for addressing IPV, based on research conducted in healthcare settings and with individuals who have experienced IPV. Evidence from survey research, medical records reviews, interviews with patients and providers, and case examples will be shared, with a trauma-informed lens on understanding and supporting patient and client needs.

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