Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence: Consensus Recommendations for Child and Adolescent Health

This document highlights the need for child health care providers to become actively involved in domestic violence prevention and provides recommendations for regular and universal screening for domestic violence in child health care settings.

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Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence: Consensus Recommendations for Child and Adolescent Health by Futures Without Violence National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence in partnership the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (Revised August 2004)

These guidelines were designed to assist health care providers from the pediatric and family physician settings in addressing adult and childhood domestic violence victimization.These recommendations, including assessment, documentation, intervention and referrals, are the first of their kind to address how to assess children and youth for domestic violence, and specifically offers recommendations on assessing adults for victimization with children present.

Table of Contents:

  • Part One: Overview
  • Part Two: Dilemmas Faced by Providers
  • Part Three: Consensus Recommendations
  • Part Four: Preparing Your Child Health Practice
    • Appendices
    • I. Position Statements of Medical and Health Professional Associations
    • II. Bibliography
    • III. Abstracts of Selected Studies on Provider and Patient Attitudes Toward Screening for IPV in the Child Health Setting
    • IV. Dilemmas When Assessing All Patients for Victimization
    • V. Indicators of Abuse
    • VI. Expanded Assessment for Victims of Domestic Violence
    • VII. Safety Plan and Instructions
    • VIII. Intimate Partner Violence Victimization Reporting Requirements: How It Affects Child Health Settings
    • IX. State Codes on Intimate Partner Violence Victimization Reporting Requirements for Health Care Providers
    • X. Legislation Regarding Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence
    • XI. Child Abuse Reporting Laws
    • XII. Resources for Providers and Patients
  • Endnotes
  • Training and Education Materials Catalog