While browsing CDV networks, I came across
Maria Phelps thoughts on how to acknoledge those who want help, but are fearful of directly admit it, in a health care setting.
Maria Phelps thoughts on how to acknoledge those who
want help, but are fearful of directly admit it, in a health care setting.
"If, and only if a staff member in a hospital remembers to do a domestic abuse screening, it is usually a few direct questions such as "Are you in any danger?" "Have you been a victim of domestic violence?", and most domestic violence victims will not admit to abuse due to fear of retaliation. As a survivor of domestic violence, I feel that patients need two options to give a truthful answer during the screening process. For one thing, I was never separated from my abuser and I was not screened in 2007. To address situations like these, where the offender is at the victim's side, the victim should be screened as usual, but then also be given a form to sign where he/she must answer the same screening questions again and sign the document. I feel that this "double" screening is important because the victim will have another chance to answer the screening questions truthfully, without stating anything out loud in front of the abuser. If I had the chance to tell my doctor about the abuse in some other way rather than verbally, I would have. If I had a chance to circle a few answers on a sheet of paper that would have held my abuser accountable, I would have. Screening today is too direct, too short, and many times the staff members are not separating the offender from the victim".
Like Maria, I was never screened while in the ER. It's these small moments victims are looking for that could provide help. If every hospital would include a second screening, the door is opened. TTo put it simply...The administration of 4 QUESTIONS
will save lives!
This is a rough draft of the DV screening form Maria is proposing:
PLEASE READ AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BELOW or OPT OUT OF SCREENING AND LEAVE QUESTIONS 1-4 BLANK:
1. Are you in danger? Y/N
2. Are you a victim of domestic violence? Y/N
3. Are your injuries a result of abuse? Y/N
4. Do you need help? Y/N
Please check one option: I have opted out of the screening process____ / I have participated in the screening process____
What do you think? Would this help in preventing further abuse? Would it provide the door some are looking for? Or do you believe it would only provide little to no effect?
This post was modified from its original form on 05 Jul, 4:39