Intersection of Domestic Violence with Health and Healthcare
April 4, 2018
10 AM – 1 PM
Linda Sloan Locke, CNM, MPH, LSW
The impact of the experience of Domestic Violence on health and health outcomes, both in the short and long term, has been well established. This intersection is a complex one, as the survivor’s experience may influence the quality and substance of their intersection with healthcare systems throughout the lifecycle. Cultural influences, ethnicity and race, gender identity, chronic health conditions, ability and disability are additional lenses which may influence how the Domestic Violence experience impacts health and health outcomes. This workshop will address the ways in which Domestic Violence impacts health, and also how health status may influence the experience of Domestic Violence. The workshop will include an overview of the definition of health, the neurobiology of trauma and other influences (ACEs, intergenerational trauma) which impact an individual’s experience. It will review the impact of Domestic Violence in acute care settings as well as the long-term impact on health, including mental health, and include the scope of this issue with discussion of the healthcare cost. The presentation will include examples of how survivors’ interaction with the healthcare system is influenced by their experience, and address barriers within the healthcare system through the lens of the survivor. We will explore how trauma-informed healthcare is essential to effectively address the issues survivors’ experience, and address the roles of advocates, social workers, and other professionals in assisting survivors in negotiating the healthcare system.
3 DVS Credits: Intervention