The following information has been put together for your information and education as the senior project of a small group of Seattle Pacific University senior nursing students.  We are excited to present you with thoroughly researched information and website links, and proud of the following video they have produced to  help educate health care professionals about domestic  violence and how to interface with their patients should they suspect abuse.  Our hope is that this video is shared many times and around the world as it is so simple, yet so appropriate and worthwhile.

Each year, senior nursing students from Seattle Pacific University engage in community health projects, partnering with various organizations in the greater Seattle area. One group of students worked with the WAVE Foundation to take leadership in facilitating and developing a project defined by the organization as a need of critical importance. Some allied health care professionals may not feel confident in their ability to assess and provide resources to clients experiencing domestic violence. Through research and collaboration with WAVE and other community resources, these students developed a short educational video aimed at allied health professionals who may encounter these clients. This video project provides essential assessment questions and follow-up resources to help health care professionals gain confidence in screening clients who may be at-risk for or experiencing domestic violence.  Video link

Guidelines for screening in women’s health.

Questions for nurses to ask.

Learn more about where to refer by contacting:
National Domestic Violence Hotline:   800.799.SAFE (7233) or TTY 800.787.3224

National Dating Abuse Helpline:  866.331.9474 or TTY 866.331.8453 (live chat is available)
text “loveis” to 77054

How to contact your state coalition against domestic violence.

Information about domestic violence in multiple key populations; the populations discussed include deaf populations immigrant women, elder abuse, and many others.

Specifically targeted at healthcare professionals, this fact sheet discusses the health impact of domestic violence and also includes discussion of clinical presentation and also how to provide culturally competent care.

More information on clinical presentation.

Questions that a victim of domestic violence might be asked to identify if they are in a DV relationship; it includes emotional and financial abuse tactics as well.  It also has a phone number for women and a separate one for meant in DV relationships.  It discusses the cycle of abuse as well as what explicitly you should look for.

Info for men in domestic violence situations.

Brochures for abused men, gay men and lesbians.

A map that has resources specific to each state and also county specific resources in those states.

Sample questions and tips for practice.

US Department of Health and Human Services ASPE Policy Brief on Screening for Domestic Violence in Healthcare.

State laws regarding reporting of domestic violence.