Domestic violence remains a challenge to the medical community and patients alike. Domestic Violence diminishes a health care provider’s ability to deliver effective care and is often the root cause of many common problems encountered as a provider, such as headache, pain syndromes, noncompliance of medication and multiple emergency room visits. Domestic violence may affect as many of 33% of female patients and their children and up to 7.4% of male patients.
This Committee, made up of health care providers, advocates and service providers, acknowledges the profound difference that health care providers can make by universally screening for domestic violence and providing resources. The Committee seeks to provide accessible information and education to health care providers in Delaware regarding the screening and treatment of patients for domestic violence.
In 2011, the Medical Committee released its revised Domestic Violence Resource Manual for Healthcare Professionals. At the time of its release, the Manual was praised by then Attorney General Beau Biden for its collaborative and comprehensive nature. The Manual helps providers recognize domestic violence; feel comfortable in screening for domestic violence and provides important resources and tools. Since the release of the Manual, members of the Medical Committee have traveled the state training nurses, doctors, residents, and other medical professionals regarding the complexities of screening and working with victims of domestic violence.
The training is offered at no cost and has been approved by the Delaware Nurses Association as a Continuing Education Activity.
If you are interested in scheduling a training at your facility, please contact Aimee String at (302) 424-7238.