Dental professionals remain the least likely of all health care providers to suspect and/or intervene in domestic violence situations, though injuries to the head and neck are present in more than half of all cases. Material in this section will appeal to oral health care providers, offering information about how to recognize the causes of injuries and how to offer intervention and referrals to patients.




HITS Screening Tool – Evidence-based screening tool for any practice.

HARK Screening Tool – Additional evidence-based screening tool outline for any practice.

Identification and Intervention by Health Care Providers – Compiled by VAWnet, includes guidelines for screening, documenting, and responding to domestic violence.

S. Preventive Services Task Force – Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Intimate Partner Violence – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force makes recommendations about the effectiveness of specific clinical preventive services without related signs or symptoms. This resource reviews clinical considerations (such as patient population), research needs and gaps, and more.

Compendium of State and U.S. Territory Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care – Produced by Futures Without Violence

The Ohio Domestic Violence Protocol for Health Care Providers: Standards of Care (See Documentation, Screening, Interview & Flowchart)

Voices of Survivors DVD – Addresses the dynamics of domestic violence and the need for providers to routinely assess patients for abuse. Offers step-by-step instructions on how to assess, intervene, address patient safety, and provide referrals.

Business Case for Domestic Violence Programs in Health Care Settings –Allows health care providers and administrators to make the business case for instituting a healthcare-based domestic violence program and the resulting cost-savings.