Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Health Care

Introduction

As a healthcare provider, you have a crucial role in the successful treatment and safety of your patients.

Domestic violence (DV) is a public health issue which negatively impacts a patients’ health outcome. Victims of DV are more at risk of a wide range of physical, mental, reproductive, and other health consequences over their lifetime than non-victims. Women and men of all races, ages, sexual orientations, and marital and socioeconomic statuses are at risk for domestic violence. However, some populations report higher rates of victimization.

For Health Care to make meaningful responses to victims of domestic violence, it is important to examine the impact of domestic violence on all patients, as well as high-risk populations such as pregnant women, children, women with sexually transmitted infections (STI), immigrants, and limited English proficient (LEP) victims.