Domestic Violence Progress Report

HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D.
"HRSA must continue to highlight Intimate Partner Violence as an important public health issue -- and serve as a leader in addressing IPV prevention," Dr. Sigounas told agency staffers last month. Fifteen bureaus and offices are involved in the sweeping initiative by the Office of Women's Health.

 

HRSA's Office on Women's Health (From Left) Patricia Burbano, Calonie Gray, Folashade Osibanjo, OWH Director Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Jane Segebrecht, Christina Lachance and CDR Nancy Mautone-Smith.
Leading the Charge: (From Left) Patricia Burbano, Calonie Gray, Folashade Osibanjo, OWH Director Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Jane Segebrecht, Christina Lachance and CDR Nancy Mautone-Smith. The initiative grew out of a series of roundtables in early 2017 and is now embodied in the HRSA IPV Strategy (PDF - 429 KB) -- based on evidence from Kaiser Permanente and others that domestic violence is an underreported and ongoing threat among a sizable segment of patients, at untold cost to hospitals, health centers and federal and state governments.

 

The Administrator added that it should not be lost on anyone that domestic violence also contributes to opioid use and maternal mortality: "We know that substance use and addiction can keep women in abusive relationships. We also know that, for far too many women, IPV is a critical factor in pregnancy-related deaths. Nearly half of pregnancy-related homicides are associated with IPV."

 Thirty-five staffers from every bureau and office in the agency contribute to the IPV working group,
Common Cause: Thirty-five staffers from every bureau and office in the agency contribute to the IPV working group, as the Strategy -- released in September, 2017 -- consists of 27 collaborative activities to be completed by 2020, including data gathering, development of clinical screening methods, workforce training and increasing access to quality IPV health services nationwide.

 

"Thanks to your efforts, HRSA's IPV Strategy has received national recognition," Dr. Sigounas told the group last week. "The strategy was referenced in the US Preventive Task Force Recommendations on Domestic Violence Screening. It was also cited in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Progress Report as an important activity for advancing the Nation's understanding of the intersection between HIV/AIDS and IPV. The Office of Women's Health has also presented the Strategy at two Congressional briefings."

If you or someone you care about is experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2018