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Domestic violence transects every community and affects all people, regardless of age, socio-economic status, race, religion, gender, or nationality. Whether the violence results in physical or psychological injury, the effects can last a lifetime and affect multiple generations.
Healthcare professionals are in a pivotal position to positively impact the lives of those affected by domestic violence. Oftentimes, they may be the first person to come in contact with a victim of domestic violence. Their ability to effectively evaluate the situation, as well as provide time-sensitive, patient-centered care (including but not limited to treatment interventions, appropriate referrals, and follow-up care) can serve to enhance immediate victim safety, reduce further injury, and improve the home front circumstances, moving forward.
Healthcare professionals must be able to identify and assess all patients for suspected abuse and be able to offer treatment, counseling, education, and referrals, as appropriate. These referrals may extend out to shelter options, advocacy groups, child protection services, and legal assistance.
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Profiles of Victims and Abusers
Chapter 3: Initial Interaction and Screening Tools
Chapter 4: Importance of Trauma Informed Care
Chapter 5: Legal Issues - Florida Mandatory Reporting Laws
Chapter 6: Florida Specific and National Domestic Violence Resources
Chapter 7: Elements of a Safety Plan (Escape Plan)
Chapter 8: A Pandemic Within a Pandemic - The Effects of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence
Chapter 9: Case Study on Domestic Abuse
Chapter 10: References
Maureen graduated nursing school in 1981 and has spent her years in the Emergency and Trauma field, including nursing positions as the Emergency Department Manager, Director of Staff Education, Trauma Coordinator, Cardiology Nurse Navigator, and Stroke Program Manager.Read Full Bio
Provider approved by the Florida Board of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.