Introduction

DID YOU KNOW women who have experienced IPV in their lifetime were more likely to report having asthma, diabetes, frequent headaches, chronic pain, poor physical and mental health?1

LEARN THE FACTS about IPV. Futures Without Violence offers various downloadable fact sheets.

The new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on intimate partner violence and combined with the new guidelines in the Affordable Care Act that ensures that select U.S. health plans will now cover annual screening and counseling for lifetime exposure to IPV, provide the opportunity to reach thousands more women and children with preventative messages and improve the health and safety of current victims of abuse.

The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (HRC) creates resources to help providers identify and support women and girls experiencing IPV. To better understand these new policy recommendations, the HRC issued three memos:

  1. Interpersonal and Domestic Violence Screening and Counseling: Understanding New Federal Rules and Providing Resources for Health Providers
  2. Impact of Federal Health Coverage Rule for Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocates
  3. How the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Affects Victims of Domestic, Sexual, and Dating Violence

Click here to read the Institute of Medicine’s Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps Report.

Click here to see the announcement on How the Affordable Care Act Benefits Domestic Violence Survivors by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Download more resources for IPV Screening and Brief Counseling coverage guidelines in the Affordable Care Act.

Click here for an infographic of domestic violence services across the country.

This toolkit offers providers, health plan administrators, domestic violence advocates and others, the tools to implement the recommendations and identify and support patients facing abuse.

  • Click on Getting Started for strategies in preparing your practice to start screening.
  • Click on How to Screen for a review of screening and intervention approaches and tools.
  • Click on Specific Settings for resources tailored to settings such as adolescent, reproductive, mental, or pediatric health practices.
  • Click on Advocacy Tools for strategies and resources for domestic and sexual violence advocates as well as promising practices from the field.
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1 CDC, 2010 NISVS report.