Domestic Violence

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About the Coalition

Founded in 1998,the mission of the Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to provide leadership within health care in promoting a proactive and effective response to intimate partner violence through screening, identification, education, intervention an treatment of domestic violence victims.  Members include advocates, social workers, nurses and other from healthcare-based domestic violence programs, ad ally organizations.  Ongoing initiatives include partnering with MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, through its affiliate, the Center for a Healthy Maryland, and the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence to educate professionals in meeting the clinical challenges of domestic violence.

Government, private grants and the time and energy of its members, have enabled the Coalition to develop and distribute a series of educational brochures for health care professionals, as well as English and Spanish brochures for both adults and teens victims, about the health consequences of domestic violence.  In 2001, a model for Maryland’s Healthcare community, “Domestic Violence Policy Guidelines” was endorsed by the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

In 2010, The Coalition developed “Healthcare Response to Domestic Violence: An Advocacy-Based Manual for Hospitals, Facilities & Providers,” which has been used to launch new healthcare-based programs.  The Coalition’s Board of Directors meets monthly and disseminates its message through:

  • Collaborating and networking with other professionals with similar missions.
  • Seminars and conferences aimed at educating health care professionals about timely issues surrounding domestic violence, including issues of medical confidentiality and mandatory reporting.

If you or our health care organization would like to learn more about the Coalition or receive training on the “Health Care Response to Domestic Violence” at no charge, contact: dvcoalition@medchi.org.

Health Care Response to Domestic Violence” includes: 

  • Definition & Dynamics of intimate partner abuse
  • Prevalence & Health Consequences
  • Screening & Intervention
  • Local resources

 

Additional topics include:

  • Intimate Partner Violence during Pregnancy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury & Intimate Partner Violence
  • Non-Fatal Strangulation & Intimate Partner Violence

 

If your agency would like to create a formal response to intimate partner abuse, the Coalition may be able to: 

  • Provide guidance in assessing current response
  • Meet with key staff members
  • Use of manual
  • Assistance with updating policies & procedures
  • Trainings for staff


Seminars

 

Newsletters

 

Resources

 

Printed Materials to Order or Download

Please make note, due to funding constraints we may not be able to fill all and or large orders.  The is Coalition is  in the process of updating some of its brochures.  Feel free to print copies fro this site.

 

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Contact Information

For more information on Domestic Violence or to join the Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence, please contact:

Audrey Bergin, M.P.H., M.A.
Phone: 410-539-0872 or 800-492-1056, ext. 3316
e-mail: dvcoalition@medchi.org