Abuse Screening, Intervention & Documentation in the Health Care Setting
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, physicians, and other health and legal professionals involved in the treatment and care of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Statement of Need/Program Overview:
This program is intended to increase knowledge of the appropriate roles of health care providers in addressing current and/or historic domestic and sexual abuse in the health care setting. This program will familiarize participants with current standards of care that apply to screening, intervention and documentation of abuse. Primary and secondary screening methods and barriers to effective screening and intervention will be examined. Health indicators of abuse will be discussed. Accurate documentation and coding will be reviewed. The importance of Collaborative Community Responses that include health care providers, advocates, law enforcement and mental health will be considered.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Increase comfort & skill with abuse screening in the health care setting.
- Improve effective responses to abuse victim/survivors.
- Understand the importance of collaboration with community resources
Diane K. Bohn, RN, CNM, PhD
Dr. Bohn has over 25 years of experience working with violence against woman, children and elders as advocate, educator, researcher, author, forensic interviewer, clinician, SANE, program evaluator and program director. She is the Director of the Cass Lake IHS Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative where she is also a CNM in clinical practice. Dr. Bohn’s research and publications have focused on the prevalence and health effects of lifetime abuse among women and appropriate health care responses. Much of her clinical practice and research have been with American Indian women.