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Citation

Kendall J, Pelucio MT, Casaletto J, Thompson KP, Barnes S, Pettit E, Aldrich M. J. Interpers. Violence 2009; 24(2): 280-306.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2009, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0886260508316480

PMID

18378805

Abstract

The objective of the study is to assess the impact of emergency department (ED) intimate partner violence (IPV) counseling and resource referrals on patient-perceived safety and safety planning. ED patients with risk factors were offered consultation with trained IPV advocacy counselors who completed safety assessments, provided resource referrals, and helped patients develop safety plans. Patients were contacted after ED intervention to assess progress and further assist in IPV counseling. Over 96% of patients perceived an increase in their safety after the intervention, and approximately 50% had completed a portion of their safety plan. Legal assistance and/or law enforcement were considered the most beneficial resource referrals. Although follow-up was limited, this study appears to demonstrate that an ED IPV intervention program may be useful in helping IPV victims achieve safer living environments and access local resources.



Language: en

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