Health

Health Services in Family Justice Centers Toolkit – Alliance – 2015
This toolkit was developed by the Alliance in March of 2015. The purpose of this toolkit is to deliver findings from Alliance pilot studies to FJCs across the nation, and to help implement health assessments and health advocacy practices into client services, or “intake”, as well as develop medical, behavioral, and public health partnerships to address the whole health and wellness needs of survivors.

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Health Survey Report: Addressing the Health Needs of Intimate Partner Survivors in Family Justice Centers – 2015
The Alliance conducted a national survey among victims in FJCs to identify the major health needs and barriers to care they face. Focus groups and organizational audits were done to contribute to the findings and assess the capacity of FJCs to integrate health services with criminal justice, civil legal, social, mental health, and other services currently offered in Centers. Following a review of the findings, we offer recommendations for FJCs and other mulit-disciplinary domestic violence (DV) organizations across the United States.

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Domestic Violence Report and Referral Project

Speakers will present on the Domestic Violence Report and Referral (DVRR) Project which was designed to create a seamless bridge between emergency departments, law enforcement, and the Alameda County Family Justice Center (FJC) in Oakland California.

The DVRR is an electronic report interface that combines the DV mandatory report, Danger Assessment, and “warm hand off” to the FJC in one simple step. In the pilot DV education for hospital staff was provided along with a secure web based tool that can be accessed by computer or tablet to the county hospital emergency department /trauma center. In the first-year Alameda County has successfully doubled the number of reports submitted to law enforcement, and increased the number of Emergency Department Domestic Violence patients receiving services from at the Family Justice Center from 4% to 47%. The DVRR tool was developed with a grant from the Blue Shield California Foundation with the goals of 1) Simplifying the mandatory reporting process for health care providers; 2) Standardizing the data collected in the reports and improving the forensic value of the report by including images; 3) Creating a direct referral to the FJC (with patient consent) by providing the navigators with safe contact information to call the patient directly.

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Forensic Medical Units Within Family Justice Centers
Created by the Alliance in August of 2008, this webinar discusses Forensic Medial Units at the Alameda County, Boise, and Nampa Family Justice Centers. Each director provides a 5-minute overview of their respective Forensic Medical Units and answers a number of pertinent questions.

 

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Injury and Terminology 101 in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Created by the Alliance and Diana Faugno in August of 2009, this Webinar covers the definitions of lacerations, abrasions, bruises, and contusions. The presentation includes many photographs of domestic violence and sexual assault injuries in order to help viewers better understand the differences.

 

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Journal Writing as a Form of Healing – Taliaferro – 2009
Created by Dr. Ellen Taliaferro and the Alliance in October of 2009, this Webinar discusses “Well Writing,” a form of expressive writing or journaling that has been shown to improve health after stress and trauma.

 

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Long-Term Consequences of Domestic Violence – Taliaferro – 2009
Created by the Alliance and Ellen Taliaferro, MD in June of 2009, this Webinar focuses on the long-term medical consequences of domestic violence. It discusses acute diseases versus chronic diseases, identifying the underlying problems, and responding to the survivors.

 

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Part 1: The Problem – Addressing Health Needs of Interpersonal Violence – Riviello & Wee – 2014
Beyond the devastating impacts domestic violence (DV) has on victims, their families, and our communities, are the lingering effects on health. Victims of DV go to the Emergency Room more often than non-victims, are 3 times more likely to have reproductive health issues, and are more likely to experience depression (including postpartum depression), and have a chronic illness. Despite these needs, women are not receiving the full care they need whether they walk into a hospital or DV service organization. In this webinar miniseries, the Alliance and its distinguished partners present domestic violence as a health issue, review current trends in healthcare approaches to DV, and provide recommendations to Family Justice Centers, multi-service organizations, and multidisciplinary professionals about how to integrate health services into their scope of care and advocacy.

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Part 2: The Solution – Integrating Health Systems into Domestic Violence Programs – Duplessis, Hill & Miklem – 2014
Good health is an important step to healing from domestic violence, and advocates are in a unique position to intervene and reduce health consequences related to experiencing abuse.  Integrating health services into domestic violence programs provides an important resource for clients to access resources and information, as well as an opportunity to create a culture of wellness and develop a more comprehensive array of services for their clients and staff.  There are many models for integrating health services into domestic violence programs ranging from adding basic health assessments into shelter intakes, to creating full-scale onsite clinics and partnering with local health departments to station DV advocates in public health clinics.  This webinar will include an overview of best practices and resources for advocates, as well as examples from the field.

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Reproductive Coercion – Draper-Douthit & Kukke – 2014
Reproductive Coercion is a relatively new concept in the field—simply defined, it is when a partner is trying to get a woman pregnant against her will or control the outcome of a pregnancy through threats, intimidation or by tampering with contraceptive (birth control) methods. Domestic violence programs can play an important role in addressing reproductive coercion through basic screening/assessment, advocacy and safety planning, linking survivors to health services, and providing access to over-the-counter medications such as Emergency Contraception. This webinar will define and explain the core issue of reproductive coercion for multi-disciplinary providers, explore service and partnership building options, and provide an example of one DV program’s experience integrating services.

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Vicarious Traumatization – Stonier – 2010
Created by Mickey Stonier and the Alliance in February of 2010, this Webinar focuses on Vicarious Traumatization. Vicarious Traumatization is known to professionals by many names – secondary victimization, secondary traumatic stress disorder and compassion fatigue. It is, simply expressed, a byproduct of care giving. This workshop involves hands on solutions which can make a dramatic difference in the professional and private lives of those working with and around trauma. It is an intensive learning experience relating to all aspects of the care giver’s life and the critical work they are being asked to do. It impacts the emotional, psychological, physical, social and spiritual well being of the individual. It offers an understanding of how these areas are affected by the work they are doing and tools to prevent and treat any negative effects of this critical work.

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Patient Consent and Examination Forms – San Diego Family Justice Center – 2005
Created by the San Diego Family Justice Center and revised in December of 2005, the Patient Consent Form and the Examination Form are used to document and release information from a client’s medical examination to law enforcement and/or domestic violence professionals.

 

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SB697 Hospital Community Benefits – California Legislation
This document details CA SB 697. This bill requires non-profit hospitals to annually adopt and update a community benefits plan in order to provide community benefits. This document also states that each non-profit hospital is required to annually submit to OSHPD its community benefit plan, including, but not limited to, the activities that the hospital has undertaken in order to address community needs within its mission and financial capacity.

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Burnout and Vicarious Trauma – Lass & Matos
Written by Yolanda Matos and Diane Lass, this document discusses burnout and vicarious trauma. It outlines the symptoms, discusses the stages and various influences of each, makes recommendations for prevention, and more.

 

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Domestic Violence Mental Health and Substance Abuse – Sievert
Create by Renee Sievert, this PowerPoint discusses domestic violence mental health and substance abuse. It provides a global history on mental illness, and information regarding substance abuse, co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder, the relationship between substance abuse and domestic violence, battered women and mental illness, mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, integrated treatment, and more.

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Protocol for Working with Battered Women Impacted by Substance Abuse – Northwest Ohio – 2005
Created by the Family Justice Center of Northwest Ohio in September of 2005, the primary goal of this model protocol is to help advocates better meet the safety needs of battered women by providing them with the tools to address service needs and options for battered women and children impacted by their own or another’s substance use, misuse, or addiction.

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