Healthcare Providers - Are You Screening Your Patients for Domestic Violence (DV)?
Did you know that . . . ?
Domestic Violence (DV) can be physical, emotional, financial and/or sexual abuse
DV crosses all racial, age, income and religious barriers
DV, the leading cause of injury to women, results in 4 million battered women each year and 4,000 murders
22 to 35 percent of women seeking care in Emergency Departments and 23 percent of women seeking routine prenatal care are victims of DV
According to Hospital President and CEO Thomas J. Lewis, "Healthcare providers are in a unique position to help. Many battered women never contact the police or a shelter, but will at some point seek medical care. Intervention at this point could save a life."
Need help or want more information?
Jefferson employees can contact FirstCALL: Your Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-382-2377
For information about training for DV screening call Melissa Rooney, co-chair of the Hospital Domestic Violence Task Force, at 5-7214
Call Women Against Abuse at 215-386-7777.