Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Health Care

Screening Recommendations

Health care visits are the gateway to care for many domestic violence survivors. Health care providers, both professionals and paraprofessionals, could be central in improving the outcomes of survivors of violence if they screened, educated and referred patients in a variety of potential settings including emergency rooms, primary health care facilities, and family planning services.

Professionals
Health care providers could be central in improving the outcomes of survivors of violence if they screened, educated and referred patients...

Several health organizations and associations endorse screening as a meaningful response to domestic violence:

Paraprofessionals

The Affordable Care Act and Article 28 endorse screening for domestic violence:

Affordable Care Act

New York State Article 28


  1. IOM Language: “Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence as preventive service for women: Screening and counseling involve elicitation of information from women and adolescents about current and past violence and abuse in a culturally sensitive and supportive manner to address current health concerns about safety and other current or future health problems.”
  2. N.Y. PBH. LAW § 2137 : NY Code - Section 2137