|“It is unreasonable to expect that people will change their behavior so easily when so many forces in the social, cultural, and physical environment conspire against change.”|
|-The Institute of Medicine|
As health professionals we care about the wellbeing of our patients, their families and our communities. Domestic Violence makes a difference in the effectiveness of our treatment and the receptiveness of that treatment by our patients. Ensuring the success of treatment means looking at the whole person not just the disease or injury.
What you can do:
- Obtain training on Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence and Reproductive Coercion.
- Learn about the connection to your patients’ health and what you can do to support safe options.
- Give parents information about talking to their teens about healthy relationships and sex
- Join the Iowa Men’s Action Network
Center for Disease Control: Intimate Partner Violence
Center for Disease Control: Sexual Violence
Family Violence Prevention Fund: Health Care Initiatives
Iowa Department of Public Health: The Healthcare Response
Iowa Domestic Abuse Death Review Team
National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Health Care Initiative