DV and Health Provider’s Role; Major Medical Breakthrough: the health care sector and domestic violence

IE315-022While focused on the role of the primary care provider in domestic violence or intimate partner violence, the content of DV and the health provider’s role is suitable across many disciplines and for interprofessional education/practice.

Domestic violence (DV) or intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault affect nearly 32 million Americans annually, and the health consequences of trauma over a lifespan are chronic and devastating. The healthcare sector constitutes the largest and single most underutilized means of prevention and intervention of interpersonal violence. Yet fewer than 10 percent of primary care physicians routinely screen patients during regular office visits.

Originating as a stage play entitled Major Medical Breakthrough: the healthcare sector and domestic violence commissioned by the Bingham Program, this piece has been converted to a series of video segments suitable for training Medical professionals about their role in detecting and addressing violence in the lives of their patients.

The video material is modular and can be used in parts or as a cohesive whole. It was developed to help health professionals recognize and address the presence or history of interpersonal violence in a patient and was made possible with funding from the Bingham Program and with the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. While focused on the role of the primary care provider, the content is suitable across many disciplines and for interprofessional education/practice. Included in each segment:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Knowledge of the definition, variations, and impact of IPV;
  2. Willingness to seek additional training in IPV policy, protocol, and applications;
  3. Motivation to adhere to workplace policies regarding screening for IPV;
  4. Increased comfort level with intent to discuss IPV with patients.

For use in:

  • Continuing professional education for practicing physicians, nurses, or other healthcare practitioners
  • Supplementing curriculum for first- and second-year preclinical medical students, social workers, and allied health professionals
  • Conferences and community events

Access to the DV and Health Provider’s Role program is available here:


Use freely, with proper credit.