Hospital-Based Domestic Violence Program Policy Examples

These are examples of policies, posters, safety cards and a power point presentation from Aurora Hospital-based Domestic Violence Program in Milwaukee. These examples are given to other programs to use themselves or to share with health care organizations you are working with so that you don’t have to recreate them. Special thanks to Sharain Horn for sharing these items with us.

Affordable Care Act (ACA), Women and Domestic Violence

LINKS (also see downloads below):

Education Journal 22:2 Addressing the Health Consequences of Domestic Violence

This issue is about health care response to domestic violence.

Elder Abuse, Neglect and Family Violence: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

As a health care professional, you are not expected to “fix” or solve elder abuse, but you do have an opportunity to ask screening questions about family violence, listen to the patient and acknowledge her story, help break the patient’s isolation, offer support, talk about safety and connect the patient with local resources. For some victims, a health care provider may be the only professional contact and opportunity they have to disclose fears and seek help to break the isolation often associated with abuse.

Created by WCADV in collaboration with the Wisconsin Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources (2009 revision)

FAQs - Domestic Violence and Health Care

Frequently Asked Questions about Domestic Violence and Health Care.

Health Care Provider screening tools

1. Health Care Provider pocket screening card, developed by WCADV and the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation. Quantities available from WCADV.

2. Screening tool developed by the University of Wisconsin's Department of Family Medicine's Community Advisory Board of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Physician Training Program in 2005.

Medical Power and Control Wheel

Originaly developed by Kenosha, Wisconsin's Pathways to Courage, demonstrates how the health care system can inadvertently increase danger and further entrap victims or, alternatively, be part of the solution.

National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence Webinar Series
Priorities for Improving the Health Care Response to Violence & Abuse

Published by Futures Without Violence (

Quiz for Health Care Providers

Short quiz for health care providers to aid in understanding their role in screening and responding to cases of suspected domestic violence in a victim-centered manner.

Wisconsin Medical Society Policy on Domestic Violence

At the April 2008 meeting of its House of Delegates, the Wisconsin Medical Society reviewed and revised its longstanding policy on Domestic Violence. Overall, the revised policy affirms its original policy, first issued in 1994. The new policy clearly de-emphasizes reporting domestic violence and instead lists what it terms the obligations of physicians.