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.
IPV: How A Dentist Can Play a Role for Victims of IPV – Overview of the role of dental providers in addressing IPV, barriers to intervention, do’s and don’ts, etc.
Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Maltreatment: Implications for the Dental Professional – NOTE: CEUs no longer available for this course.
Helping Families in Crisis – California Dental Association – May 2004 edition of Journal of the California Dental Association, however, relevant information included on working with people with disabilities as an oral health professional, identifying and responding to domestic violence in dental care settings, and dental reimbursement.
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.