MDPH Circular Letter - DHCQ 14-11-622, November 28, 2014
Health Care Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence and Collaborations with Community-based Sexual and Domestic Violence Organizations
Massachusetts Sexual and Domestic Violence Programs:
See website of Jane Doe Inc.: MA Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, and Search Programs Directory, enter Zipcode or City.
In emergency situations, call 911
- Safelink, 24-hour multilingual domestic violence hotline 1-877-785-2020 TTY: 1-877-521-2601
- Linea directa para sobrevivientes de abuso sexual, 24-hour Spanish hotline: 1-800-223-5001
- For deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals, TTY: 1-800-688-4889
Circular DHCQ 14-11-622, Recommendation #1 Partnerships:
- The Strengthening Collaborations Project, Progress Report December 2013 , for the Health Care Working Group of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence and MDPH Project Team. MDPH, Division of Violence and Injury Prevention.
- Intersections: Domestic Violence and Allied Organizations Partnering for Health, La Piana Consulting, supported by Blue Shield of California Foundation, June 2013.
- Blue Shield of California Foundation, A systems and practice change approach to end domestic violence
Circular DHCQ 14-11-622, Recommendation #2 Trauma-Informed APPROACHES
- The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health, Creating Accessible, Culturally Relevant, Domestic Violence- and Trauma-Informed Agencies, 2012.
- Handbook on Sensitive Practice for Health Care Practitioners: Lessons from Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Public Health Agency of Canada (contains core concepts helpful for health care providers)
- National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, Changing Communities, Changing Lives. Sept. 2012.
- MDPH Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) file size 2MB Domain 5. October 2014
Circular DHCQ 14-11-622, Recommendation #2 BEST PRACTICES Responding to Domestic and Sexual Violence
- US DHHS National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Futures without Violence and Health Cares about IPV: Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling Toolkit
- World Health Organization – Responding to Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Against Women: WHO Clinical and Policy Guidelines
- Hewins, E., DiBella, B. & Mawla, J. (2013). Domestic Violence and the Role of the Healthcare Provider: The Importance of Teaching Assessment and Intervention Strategies. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Center on Violence Against Women & Children at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
- MA Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
- Forensics for Survivors – Healing. Justice. Access to Forensic Information MA Statewide Program.
Additional Resources and Information:
- American Medical Association Code of Ethics: Physicians’ Obligations in Preventing, Identifying, and Treating Violence and Abuse
- Committee on Preventive Services for Women, Institute of Medicine, Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps. July 2011.
- Conference on Boston Teaching Hospitals, Domestic Violence Council. Note: Best Practices in Domestic Violence Manual and materials from the summit Keeping Survivors at the Center: How Health Reform will Impact Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Response Systems in Massachusetts.
- The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, The Joint Commission, Accreditation Program: Hospital, Standard PC 01.02.09, p.199.
- MedLine Plus, detailed information about domestic violence and sexual assault. A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
- National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
- National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey data for Massachusetts.
- USDHHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, ASPE Policy Brief, Screening for Domestic Violence in Health Care Settings. August 2013.
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Screening, January 2013.
MA Department of Public Health Contact:
Beth Nagy, Division of Violence and Injury Prevention
Bureau of Community Health and Prevention
250 Washington Street, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02108
ofc: 617-624-5420; Beth.Nagy@state.ma.us
This information is provided by the Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification within the Department of Public Health.