The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls the abuse of women a pediatric issue. The AAP and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognize the importance of improving the physician’s ability to recognize intimate partner violence as well as child abuse and other forms of family violence. Materials in this section will give recommendations on how to identify and respond to intimate partner violence in pediatric settings.

Prepping Your Practice for Screening

Hotlines / Helplines & Community Programs

Ways to Get Involved

Online Resources, Webinars, Training Modules

Essentials for Childhood – Free Community Trainings and Classes – See “For Providers”

Child Abuse and Neglect – Materials from Shop AAP – Online store offered through American Academy of Pediatrics. Offers free and paid resources on trauma-informed practices, diagnosing abuse, and medical evaluation of child sexual abuse.

eLearning Course: Screening Time: Tuning In to Needs of Families – Includes video-based training modules, simulations, resource center. CE credits available.

Evidence-Based Research

General Resources

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.