Screening for Domestic Violence

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In this presentation, nurses/attendees will learn to identify the dynamics of domestic violence, how to conduct universal screening, and best practice ideas in regards to responding and referring for patients for further services to increase patient safety and improve bio-psychosocial health outcomes.


  1. Describe the use of "mindfulness" as a practice or prepare you for your work, and to keep you attuned to your patients' needs.
  2. Explain your very important role in recognizing signs of possible family violence in your patient population.
  3. Describe how to use knowledge of family violence dynamics to respond appropriately to survivors of abuse.
  4. List the signs/red flags of family violence.
  5. Discuss best practice means of conducting routine family violence assessments using basic screening protocols.
  6. Describe referring patients to appropriate community resources to increase patient safety and improve biopsychosocial health outcomes.

Attention Nurses:
Heartbeat International is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provder Number CEP 16061 for 1.0 contact hours.

Please contact Susan Dammann with questions relating to Nursing Contact Hours.

Overview and Epidemiology

     1. Abuse
   Lethality Factors
      1. Actions, traits or behaviors that help determine the likelihood of a serious DV event of
       2. Why Don't Survivors Just Leave?
       3. Coping Strategies
   Recognizing Domestic Violence Signs
      1. Acute Physiological Outcomes
      2. ACUTE Warning Signs
      3. MEDICAL warning Signs
      4. Chronic Physiological Outcomes
      5. Exposure to Abusers: Adolescents
      6. Reactions to Trauma
Screening Protocol for Family and Domestic Violence: Our Response
     1. Routine Screening
     2. Confidentiality. Safety, and Security
     3. Assessment
      4. Communication
     5. Sample General Screening Questions
     6. Project S.A.F.E.
Referring Patients to Community Resources
     1. Hotline numbers

Defining Success

Lois Stepney, MSW, LISW-S is a social worker at The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children's Hospital.  Here, Ms. Stepney currently works as a Training and Development Manager where she seeks to spread the word about the importance of universal screening for family violence as part of the standard assessment processes for medical and behavioral health professionals with their patients/clients and within their related health systems. 

Ms. Stepney also provides some clinical and technical support for a SAMHSA funded project which allows her to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Dialectical Behavioral Therapy services to traumatized adolescents and their adult caregivers.  Ms. Stepney also works in the Emergency Department of the hospital where she is often paged on her shifts to assess and intervene in suspected child abuse/neglect cases, and/or in situations where family violence is a concern. 

Ms. Stepney has worked in the social work field for over 17 years providing mental health services to client systems with a variety of clinical presentations including juvenile sex offenders, and now victims of child maltreatment.  In addition to her own clinical practice, Ms. Stepney has throughout her years of practice supervised clinical staff, as well as supervised social work students. Ms. Stepney is an adjunct professor/community lecturer for the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University.

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