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Family violence hurts. Health care providers can help.

Family Violence is a serious healthcare concern. According to a study by the American Medical Association, 4.1 billion dollars are spent every year on direct medical and mental services to treat injuries resulting from this kind of violence. Unfortunately, women and children seem to be victimized the most. For example, domestic violence is the single largest cause of injury to women, more common than automobile accidents, muggings and rapes combined (Domestic Violence in the Workplace). Conversely, the overlap between domestic violence and child abuse has been well documented; in a national survey of more than 6000 American families, 50 percent of men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children (Family Violence Prevention Fund 2008)

The Health Care Task Force of the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence believes it can affect positive change, and is focused on working with health care providers to increase awareness, understanding and effective interventions in addressing the issue of family violence in Central Ohio.

Click on an icon below for more information about the Health Care task force initiatives, or write to us.

Pediatric Resident Training Distance Learning Course
County-Wide Family Violence Screening Protocols

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians offers an online resource guide: Identifying and Managing Family Abuse and Violence: A Series for Family Physicians. Visit the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians web site for more information.

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