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Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day

Program Type: Resources - Information or materials that might help develop a program/project in a community but can not be defined as a Best Practice, Promising Practice, or Local Effort.

Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day (HCADV) is a nationally recognized awareness-raising day that takes place annually on the second Wednesday of October. HCADV Day aims to reach members of the healthcare and domestic violence communities and educate them about the critical importance of routine screening for domestic violence, as well as the long term health implications of domestic violence and lifetime exposure to violence. Over the last five years, as a part of HCADV Day, domestic violence advocates, medical patients, clinicians, students and administrators have organized a variety of activities, educational sessions and awareness campaigns to bring the message into the community. Highlights from HCADV Day 2003 include: South Dakota: Rosebud Indian Health Service began routine domestic violence screening of female patients in its emergency department. Florida: Three hospitals in St. Petersburg and one in Clearwater held trainings addressing domestic violence as a health care issue during the month of October. Iowa: The state Department of Public Health joined with Verizon Wireless and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence to develop a two-minute video for viewing on 167 screens at 46 theaters throughout the state in October. California: Living in a Nonviolent Community (LINC) and the University of California, San Francisco National Center of Excellence in Women's Health raised awareness amongst staff about the impact of domestic violence on women's health. A reception honored victims and survivors of abuse. The San Francisco Perinatal Substance Abuse Coordinator Council and the San Francisco-Bay area also published articles on domestic violence in its weekly newsletter.

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Site or Location Name: Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day (HCADV)

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Phone: (888) 792-2873