The documents in this section highlight the need for collaborative efforts between health care providers and domestic violence advocates to prevent, identify, and respond to domestic violence. Recommendations and practical tools for health care settings and providers, as well as advocates, are included here to support community partnerships and to enhance services for domestic violence survivors experiencing health/mental health or substance abuse conditions.
This section also highlights information on “best practices” and model policies designed to promote inter-disciplinary collaboration.* Sample protocols are included to assist both health care settings and domestic violence programs in the development of prevention and intervention approaches that are comprehensive, trauma-informed, and responsive to victims’ multiple needs.
*For information on federal regulations, state statutes and policies relevant to addressing domestic violence in health care settings, including information on mandatory reporting laws, please visit the website of the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
Since 2010, Futures Without Violence (“Futures”) and the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (“OWH”) have worked in partnership on Project Connect: A Coordinated Public Health Initiative to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Women (Project Connect), a national initiative to build collaborations between the public health and domestic violence fields to improve the public health response to domestic and sexual violence.
Domestic Violence and Health Care Protocols are available from the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence of Futures Without Violence.