Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Health Care

Occurrence – Overall Statistics

Physician screening can get patients to open up about abuse

Physician screening can get patients to open up about abuse

Pregnancy & Domestic Violence

Approximately 324,000 pregnant women are battered by their intimate partners.6

Prenatal visits provide opportunities to screen for violence and discuss safety in the patient’s life.

Children - The Relationship between Domestic Violence and Health of the Child

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Domestic Violence and STI (sexually transmitted infections)

  1. Black, Michele C., et al. (2011). The National Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Survey, 2009.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Clinical Preventative Services for Women – Closing the Gaps, Report Brief, Institute of Medicine, 2011.
  5. CDC, 2013.
  6. CDC, 2009.
  7. Chang, Berg, Saltzman, & Herndon, 2005.
  8. CDC, 2009.
  9. Ibid
  10. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. This study is based on the theory that childhood experiences profoundly and causally shape adult life. The ACE Study is an ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA.
  11. Koenen, 2003 K. C., Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., Taylor, A., & Purcell, S. (2003). Domestic violence is associated with environmental suppression of IQ in young children. Development and Psychopathology, 15, 297-329)
  12. The Intersection of HIV and Intimate Partner Violence: Considerations, Concerns, and Policy Implications, Marguerite L. Batty, John Hopkins University School of Nursing)
  13. Ibid
  14. (Domestic Violence Doubles Risk of Death for HIV-Positive Women, Laura Whitehorn, 2012)(Statistics from Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS)