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Survivors' Input on Health Care-Connected Services for Intimate Partner Violence.

Dichter ME, Ogden SN, Tuepker A, Iverson KM, True G. Survivors' Input on Health Care-Connected Services for Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of women's health (2002). 2021 Dec 1; 30(12):1744-1750.

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is increasingly recognized as a social factor impacting health, and health care providers are encouraged to routinely screen and refer patients for needs related to IPV. Health care settings are often challenged, however, in their ability to connect patients with community-based IPV services. Some organizations have invested in on-site programs to facilitate identification and connection. The goal of this study was to understand IPV survivors'' experiences with and perspectives on health care-connected IPV services. Semistructured in-depth interviews were conducted in-person by a trained and experienced interviewer and were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Interview transcripts were analyzed using team-based qualitative thematic content analysis. Participants included 68 individuals who had experienced IPV, recruited through one of two settings: (1) a health care organization with embedded IPV services or (2) a community-based IPV service organization that partners with health care settings. Interviews revealed benefits of having health care-connected IPV services, including that the health care setting can be critical for providing information about IPV programs and that survivors may need assistance with navigation of community services. Survivors further highlighted recommendations for trauma-sensitive care that includes providing clarification about the role and scope of IPV services, following-up with but not forcing intervention, and ensuring privacy, confidentiality, and trust in interactions. Findings support health care settings having in-house or close partnership with IPV advocates to adequately support patients'' needs in connecting with and navigating community based IPV-related services.

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