Many victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) more commonly referred to as domestic violence, seek emergency services for injuries. However, not all first responders and other emergency healthcare professionals are trained to address the complex health and safety issues surrounding IPV and how it affects their patient’s health. The following resources may be helpful for those working in emergency healthcare (EMTs, paramedics, etc.) and for advocates working with those healthcare providers.

POLICY RESOURCE and EDUCATION PAPER from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Please check the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Futures Without Violence.

Improving the Emergency Medical Services System’s Response to Domestic Violence, Karen Oehme, et al. Health Matrix: The Journal of Law-Medicine, 33 pgs., 2016.

How to recognize, respond to domestic violence incidents, (EMS1 by Lexipol – updated Sept. 27, 2018)

5 Important Tips for Domestic Violence Response (EMS1 by Lexipol – updated Sept. 27, 2018)

Sexual Violence: A Healthcare Priority for EMS Providers, Judy Henderson, MEd. Mgt., NCEDSV, National Sexual Assault Conference. PowerPoint Presentation, August 2019.

Do You Need a Paramedic? The Role of Emergency Medical Services in Non-fatal Strangulation Cases, Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, Family Justice Center, March 2018.

“I have a duty to warn you that strangulation is serious and can cause internal injuries, brain damage, delayed consequences such as strokes, thyroid issues, miscarriage and/or death. Research shows that if you are strangled even one time, you are 750% more likely to be killed by your partner. We strongly encourage you to seek immediate medical attention at an emergency department and ask for support from an advocate.”
Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention