Training for Medical Professionals 2014-08-04T09:31:43+00:00


How Health Care Providers Can Make a Difference

Training opportunities offered by Family Shelter Service

Due to the tremendous opportunity health care providers have to identify domestic/intimate partner violence, elder/disability abuse and neglect, and sexual violence, we would like to offer training to health professionals in your organization or practice.

As your partners in healing people affected by violence in their homes:

We will come to you. . .

We know how hard it is to get staff all together, so you name the place, and we will bring training to you.

Training is free. . .

Because you play such an important role in violence prevention, we have made a commitment to offering this training at no cost to you.

We offer resources. . .

We can provide you and your patients with printed resources for your bathrooms and exam rooms, so there is never a question of whom you can call for help.

Training Topics:

Assessing for Domestic Violence

 in a . . .

  • Birth Center/OBGYN Office
  • Clinical Setting
  • Hospital ER/Urgent Care
  • Mental Health Setting
  • Pediatric Setting

Tailored to your medical setting, this workshop explores the dynamics of domestic violence, how it affects your patients’ health, and how you can compassionately ask questions and provide options for help and healing.

Assessing for Elder Abuse (Disability Abuse) and Neglect

Intimate partner abuse and sexual violence do not disappear as a person ages.  And, any adult with disabilities is more vulnerable to abuse from not only a partner, but family and other caregivers. This training will teach you some things to ask and look for when assessing for violence in vulnerable adults.

Cultural Competency in DV Assessment

Due to the many cultures represented by your patients, as well as the differing world views and traditions they bring, this training is designed to help medical providers be sensitive to cultural factors while still seeking to identify and respond to domestic violence.

Domestic Violence as a Public Health Issue:  What Health Care Providers Can Do

Though domestic violence screening is recommended by most governmental and professional medical bodies, there is some debate about how often and what ways are most effective.  This training explores the debate, while offering suggestions and resources to benefit your patients.

Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Assessment

Since domestic violence is traumatizing, how a medical provider addresses the subject of violence with a patient can either re-traumatize or begin the healing.  This training teaches how to apply trauma-informed principles to assessing for domestic violence in a patient’s life.

To set up training, contact:

Peggy Radke, Director of Training and Community Outreach

(630) 221-8290 ext. 7123 


In August and October of 2013, two independent surveys were conducted relating to health care and domestic violence.*  Results tell us:

  • 44% of women randomly surveyed have experienced a form of domestic violence
  • Those who have been abused are 20% more likely to have chronic health conditions
  • Only 6% believe their doctors/nurses have ever made a connection between their chronic health condition and history of abuse
  • 75% of women in both surveys have never been asked about having experienced abuse during a medical exam
  • YET. . .More than 80% of those surveyed believe it is important to be asked about DV during exams and support screening for signs of abuse
  • The people most trusted to help are DV shelter workers and doctors

*”Exploring the Relationship between Domestic Violence and Chronic Health Conditions.”  Verizon Foundation and MORE Magazine, August, 2013, GFK Custom Research.  AND

“New Statewide Poll on Californian’s Attitudes toward Domestic Violence – Strong Support for Treating Domestic Violence as a Health Issue.”  Blue Shield of CA Foundation, October 2013, Tulchin Research.