Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Screening and Intervention

Publication Date: December 1, 2019
Last Updated: March 14, 2022


ACPM recommendations

1) Medical education and training: All physicians receive standardized evidence – based education and training on IPV screening, identification, diagnosis and intervention during medical school and residency.
2) National medical associations: National medical associations provide continuing medical education including education on billing, coding, documentation, and reporting, to build on the foundation developed during training.
3) State medical boards: State medical boards require initial CME training on reporting requirements as this can vary from state to state.
4) Local and regional health systems: Local and regional health systems provide an infrastructure that enables providers to screen, identify, diagnose and intervene effectively in all healthcare settings where victims of IPV may present.
a. Develop patient messaging and education materials, and provide private and safe environments for screening and caring for victims of IPV
b. Develop internal expertise of select staff and general training for all staff; collaborate with community organizations, identify resources and develop referral patterns
c. Develop written procedures/protocols and quality improvement strategies, with support and oversight from leadership to ensure capacity building.
5) Healthcare Providers: Within a supportive system, healthcare providers routinely screen for IPV in a private and safe environment using a nonjudgmental manner. Providers are knowledgeable of local reporting laws, and follow established processes to provide an intervention including assessment of safety and an effective referral process.



Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Screening and Intervention

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