A Healthier Wisconsin

Strengthening Intimate Partner Violence Screening

Improving health setting screening for intimate partner violence in Milwaukee

Full Project Name:Integrating Advocates Within a Healthcare Setting to Strengthen Intimate Partner Violence ScreeningPrimary Community Organization:Sojourner Family Peace CenterPrimary Academic Partner:Kimberly Gecsi, MD, Obstetrics & GynecologyAward Amount:$384,979.00
Award Date
Project Duration:36 months

Project Description Narrative:

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a growing problem in the state of Wisconsin, one that has only increased with the isolation and quarantine from the COVID-19 pandemic. IPV can affect survivors both physically and psychologically. Data has found that even though the US Preventative Services Task Force recommends routine IPV screening among women of reproductive age, most IPV situations are not identified until their interaction with law enforcement at the time of an injury.

Through this award, project partners aim to implement universal screening and improve the referral process for those experiencing IPV in order to reduce intimate partner violence and aid potential victims in accessing assistance and care. This will be accomplished by integrating specially trained IPV advocates into Milwaukee OB/GYN clinics with the goal to educate clinics on IPV, establish universal screenings and referral protocols, create a bridge between clinics and IPV resource centers, and train clinic staff to sustain the newly implemented practices. Ultimately, the project will reduce IPV by helping potential victims receive assistance.

Community partners: Ascension Columbia St. Mary's

Academic partners: MCW Institute for Health and Equity, MCW OBGYN Residency Program, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Project Updates:

  • Engaged two survivors of domestic violence to provide alived-experience perspective and insight on various aspects of the program
  • Collecting historical data from medical charts to inform next steps
  • Discussing a plan to create capacity that will lay the infrastructure for practices that can continue beyond the project
  • Disseminated project efforts and initial findings through one publication

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