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VA HSR&D Investigator Insights: Intimate Partner Violence

VA HSR&D Investigator Insights: Intimate Partner Violence


I STUDY INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE, OR IT’S COMMONLY CALLED IPV FOR SHORT. INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE IS PHYSICAL, SEXUAL, OR PSYCHOLOGICAL AGGRESSION OR STOCKING FROM A PAST OR CURRENT INTIMATE PARTNER. IN MY CLINICAL WORK AT THE VA, I WAS WORKING WITH A LOT OF WOMEN WHO WERE EXPERIENCING THESE KINDS OF THINGS IN THE RELATIONSHIPS. I LOOK FOR TOOLS SUCH AS SAFETY PLANNING TOOLS TO TALK TO WOMEN ABOUT HOW TO KEEP THEM SAFE AND I FOUND THAT THERE WERE OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP NEW TOOLS FOR OUR WOMEN VETERAN POPULATION TO HELP THEM HAVE SAFER AND HEALTHIER RELATIONSHIPS. SO CURRENTLY I’M WORKING ON STUDIES FROM MY VA FUNDED CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD. IT’S FUNDED BY HSR&D, AND IT’S FOCUSED ON IMPROVING DETECTION AND CARE FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE. SO IT’S A SERIES OF STUDIES THAT LOOK AT SCREENING, WHAT SCREENING TOOL SHOULD WE USE, WHAT ARE THE BEST QUESTIONS TO ASK, AND THEN HOW DO WE TRAIN PROVIDERS TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO DISCLOSURES SO THAT WHEN A PATIENT TELLS THE PROVIDER THAT THEY’VE EXPERIENCED INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE, IT CAN ACTUALLY BE THERAPEUTIC FOR THEM.   SO I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE IN THE VA TO BE ABLE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH OPERATIONAL PARTNERS. FOR EXAMPLE, I’VE WORKED WITH WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AND CARE MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL WORK SERVICES ON DEVELOPING EDUCATIONAL TOOLS AND TRAININGS FOR PROVIDERS TO HELP THEM IDENTIFY INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE AND ADDRESS IT IN A NUMBER OF CONTEXTS.   I’M REALLY INDEBTED TO THE WOMEN VETERANS WHO PARTICIPATED IN MY RESEARCH AND OTHER STUDIES. THE WOMEN THAT HAVE TALKED TO ME IN MY FOCUS GROUPS AND IN MY INTERVIEWS HAVE SHARED REALLY PERSONAL STORIES WITH ME AND THEY TELL ME THAT THEY’RE DOING IT BECAUSE THEY CARE ABOUT THE HEALTH OF OTHER VETERANS, AND SO I’M VERY GRATEFUL FOR THAT.  

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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