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Here’s a 3-hour, evidence-based training for healthcare providers (nurses, physicians, social workers) on how to screen patients for intimate partner violence, respond helpfully, and connect them with the right resources.  Students are welcome and so are domestic violence advocates! The same 3-hour training is being offered on two separate evenings in Columbia (8/28/14 or 9/8/14).  Participants can register for whichever date works for them– registration forms are below. Dinner will be provided and CEUS/CMEs are available. This training has been funded by the Verizon Foundation.  More info is available in the registration forms below.  Questions can be directed to bloomt@missouri.edu . 8-28-14 Training Info and Registration Form 9-8-14 Training Information and Registration Form


window of opportunity






When women present in health care settings, we have a critically important, possibly life-saving chance to talk to them about violence.  New guidelines from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) underscore the importance of this opportunity and the duty of those of us in women’s health care settings in particular to follow through and do right by our patients. 

From the introduction (excerpt):

“Over the past two decades, a growing body of research has recognized the connection between relationship violence and poor reproductive health care outcomes for women. More hidden and often undetected forms of victimization involving coercive behaviors that interfere with reproductive health have emerged from this research.

Health care visits provide a window of opportunity to address IPV and coercive behaviors related to patients’ reproductive health. The goal of this resource is to reframe the way in which health care systems respond to IPV and reproductive and sexual coercion. The health care provider is the hub of a wheel in a trauma-informed, coordinated health care response that includes universal education and prevention.

This guide highlights research that demonstrates how a brief intervention using a safety card to educate female patients about reproductive and sexual coercion can improve reproductive health outcomes and promote healthy, safe, and consensual relationships. Safety cards and other resources for integrating and sustaining a trauma-informed, coordinated response to IPV and reproductive and sexual coercion are included in this publication.

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued guidelines for preventive health services for women that recommend routine domestic violence (intimate partner violence) screening. The guidelines endorsed by Department of Health and Human Services require that new health insurance plans cover domestic violence screening as part of women’s preventive services.

Under the Affordable Care Act, new health plans must reimburse domestic violence screening and counseling as part of preventive health care services at no additional cost. Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Reproductive and Sexual Coercion Guide expands the scope of routine screening for IPV to include assessment for reproductive and sexual coercion. A trauma-informed, comprehensive approach to relationship violence that includes behaviors that interfere with patients’ reproductive health can improve the quality of care and reproductive health outcomes including higher contraceptive compliance, fewer unintended pregnancies, preventing coerced and repeat abortions, and reducing sexually transmitted infections (STIs)/HIV and associated risk behaviors.”

You can get a copy of the new guidelines free at http://www.acog.org/About%20ACOG/ACOG%20Departments/Health%20Care%20for%20Underserved%20Women/~/media/Departments/Violence%20Against%20Women/Reproguidelines.pdf.

It’s time to do right by abused women in healthcare settings — time to lift the shade and let the sunlight in.  Women may not always choose to disclose — or to do what we (who know very little of their situation) deem to be the “right thing” to do (i.e. leave) but just conveying that the healthcare provider can offer caring, ongoing unconditional support, and a nonjudgmental attitude is a tremendous intervention.  Connecting women with resources for help and safety planning can go even further.  Get your guidelines today and start things moving in your workplace!

In case you can’t tell, we here at MissouriHCADV are big fans of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. They describe themselves best:  “MCADSV is a statewide membership coalition of organizations and individuals working to end violence against women and their children through direct services and social and systemic change.”  They do great work all across the state of Missouri.  We highly, highly recommend that healthcare providers and students become members of MCADSV.  Why?

  • it’s dirt cheap — $45 for providers, $25 for students– AND potentially tax-deductible as a professional expense if you itemize
  • you can put it down on your resume as an organization you belong to (great for students who plan on a career in women’s health, in particular)
  • you are stepping up to the plate to show that you support the work that they do
  • you get access to incredible resources which will help YOU in your work– FREE trainings, technical assistance, publications, and manuals; discounted conference registration (they have a fantastic annual conference); regular updates on local & national legislation relevant to violence against women.

To join up, visit here: http://www.mocadsv.org/Become%20a%20Member.aspx

To check out their website & online calendar! www.mocadsv.org

You don’t have to join MCADSV to access their excellent trainings… you can just pay for the trainings as a non-member.  But since the cost of one training = the cost of annual membership, it’s really much more cost-effective to join, because then you access the trainings for free… Along with all the aforementioned benefits.  Here’s a good training coming up:

Register for MCADSV The Basics of Advocacy Fall Course. MCADSV is now offering the basics of domestic violence advocacy in six days of training. You can register for as many or as few dates as you wish.  Each training date requires a separate registration. Trainings are offered in pairs of back-to-back days to reduce travel for those attending multiple trainings. This expanded training allows time for in-depth discussion and processing. We hope that attendees who participate in the entire course will build upon prior skills and development with each new section.

Training is held from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. You may register online at www.mocadsv.org/membership at least a week prior to the training. Space is limited to 40. Breakfast and lunch are provided. The workshop is held at the MCADSV Training Center in Jefferson City. There is ample parking. Please see the attached brochure for more information.

  •  The Nature and Dynamics of Domestic Violence , July 25: Trainer: Laura Zahnd
  • The Nature and Dynamics of Sexual Violence, July 26: Trainer: Jennifer Carter
  • Core Services: Hotline, Crisis Intervention and Safety Planning, September 26: Trainers: Jennifer Carter and Gail Reynoso
  • Prevention as Social Change, September 27: Trainers: Matthew Huffman and Marie Montano
  • Cultural Considerations and Program Accessibility, October 24: Trainers: Angela Lucero and Marie Montano
  • Core Services: Legal and Medical Advocacy,October 25:Trainers: Kelly Martinez and Gail Reynoso

CEUs or contact hours from The University of Missouri are approved for each individual training as well as the entire course.  Attendees will only need to pay the $10 CEU/contact hour fee one time to receive credit for the entire course or any combination of training days!

If you have any questions, please contact MCADSV at (888) 666-1911.

Who is Missouri HCADV?

  • Healthcare providers and professionals
  • Domestic violence advocates
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Survivors of violence
  • And anyone else who is interested in raising awareness about domestic violence in healthcare settings and using the incredible potential of healthcare providers to plant the seed— To connect with violence survivors, help them find safety, and help them to heal.

What is Missouri HCADV for?

  • To share evidence-based information on domestic violence and its impact on health
  • To share information on local, regional, and national training/continuing education opportunities about domestic violence for providers, advocates, and students
  • To increase our individual capacity (and that of our organizations) to address domestic violence and help survivors
  • To network with other people in our state and learn from each other.

Missouri HCADV is grass-roots and all-volunteer.

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