Promote universal education about healthy relationships.
Address the health impact of abuse.
Generate warm referrals to domestic violence advocates for those in need.
Join Futures Without Violence for a Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day webinar on October 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant problem that can result in short-term and chronic physical and mental health problems. The lifetime per-victim costs are estimated at $103,767 for women and $23,414 for men. As research grows on the social determinants of health, it is clear that health care systems save money by preventing health-related problems rather than by treating them.
To address this issue, the Family and Youth Services Bureau of the Administration on Children and Families (ACF) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) formed Project Catalyst. Project Catalyst supports HRSA-funded health centers to address the intersection of health care, IPV, and human trafficking. It does this through outreach, training, statewide policy planning, and peer learning engagement in four states. Futures Without Violence, ACF’s designated National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, provides technical assistance, training, and other support within those states.
Project Catalyst has identified steps for health centers to address IPV. It has also created an online toolkit for health clinics and advocates who want to follow its approach and build strong partnerships.
One state leadership team reported two success stories. Because a local health clinic and a victim services program had formed a partnership that strengthened ties between both organizations, a domestic violence survivor and her son were quickly connected with the behavioral health services they needed. In another case, a young woman who had recently left an abusive situation she had been in for many years was guided through the process of obtaining a protection order. In addition, staff made a warm referral to help her access advocacy services. These partnerships are having positive effects on organizations’ abilities to support patients and clients facing IPV.