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Training Healthcare Workers to Spot Domestic Violence

There’s been plenty of discussion about domestic violence in the media the past month or so, whether it’s discussing the proper penalties for an abuser or trying to make sense of why a victim would stay with her abuser. But often overlooked in the discussion are the healthcare workers who deal with victims of this […]

There’s been plenty of discussion about domestic violence in the media the past month or so, whether it’s discussing the proper penalties for an abuser or trying to make sense of why a victim would stay with her abuser.

But often overlooked in the discussion are the healthcare workers who deal with victims of this crime. They require specialized training to help them both spot a domestic violence case and understand the long-term impact of exposure to violence.

To help those healthcare workers be prepared to deal with domestic violence cases, Harris Health holds it annual training this week for its VIVA Clinic – that’s Volunteer Initiative against Violence Acts. The seminar trains and educates physicians and nurses on identifying domestic violence victims.

To tell us more, we hear from Dr. Joey Fisher, Director of the VIVA Clinic and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

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