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Intimate Partner Violence Advocacy Skills: Innovative Strategies for Student Training and Application 

02-14-2019 18:50

Victims of intimate partner violence utilize the healthcare system as much as 2.5 times as often as non-abused patients (Dolezal, McCollum & Callahan, 2009). Our institution’s student run free clinic partnered with a local domestic violence shelter to train health care professional students in advocacy skills for working patients experiencing intimate partner violence. Through patient chart review and survey of trained student advocates, we assessed the acceptability and efficacy of this program for both patients and students. Using a Plan-Do-Study-Act/Adjust model, clinic protocols were adapted to best meet the needs of clinic and abilities of student volunteers. We propose advocacy training through a local organization as a fiscally responsible way to enhance curricular offerings on intimate partner violence. Training and volunteering opportunities to apply training improve student confidence in their ability to respond to intimate partner violence and provide a foundation for addressing intimate partner violence in future careers.

Author(s):Elizabeth Modde, Ashley Schaffer MS, Natalie Long MD, Debra Howenstine MD, Tina Bloom PhD MPH RN
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