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MAP Trains Over 1,500 in Medical Field
A little over two years ago DVCC staff
members were just initiating serious research
into developing the state’s first domestic
violence Medical Advocacy Project. The
overall goal was to develop and deliver a
comprehensive training program for health
care professionals in order to promote earlier
identificationof victims of domesticviolence
through improvedscreeningand toencourage
referral of victims toappropriate sources. Fact
finding trips at the time includedattending the
NationalConferenceonHealthandDomestic
Violence, sponsored every two years by the
Family Violence Prevention Fund (now
FuturesWithoutViolence) and a visit to three
domestic violence agencies in Pennsylvania
withestablishedMedicalAdvocacyprograms.
Back at home, further research and planning
by DVCC advocates led to the development
of specialized training programs for health
careproviders, andongoingoutreachbrought
the DVCC into medical facilities and schools
within and beyond Fairfield County.
Thanks to those efforts, over the
past sixteen months MAP has trained an
astounding number of people in the medical
profession – 1,587 to be exact. Those
trainings include 850 doctors, nurses and
other hospital staff at Stamford Hospital,
with which DVCC has a formal partnership
agreement to provide training in intimate
partner violence. Other facilities where
medical personnel and students have received
training includeNorwalkHospital, YaleNew
Haven Hospital, Fairfield County Medical
Association, Norwalk Community Health
Center, UCONN School of Nursing, NCC
School of Nursing, and Emergency Medical
Services in several towns. Additional MAP
trainingshavebeenprovided tospecialDVCC
Rapid Response volunteers who respond to
victims in the hospital, toDVCC staff and to
certain members of the community.
As further testament toMAP’s progress,
this year MAP Director Susan Delaney and
MAP consultant Dr. Donna Clemmens will
not only attend theFuturesWithoutViolence
NationalConferenceonHealthandDomestic
Violence – they have also been asked to give a
20minutepresentationon thehealth initiative
partnership between Clemmens’ nursing
students at theUniversity of Connecticut and
residents at the DVCC SafeHouses.
“We are really, really excited by this
opportunity,” Delaney said. “To have our
proposal accepted for presentation at a
national conference is such an honor.”
Delaney and Clemmens, who is an
Associate Clinical Professor at theUniversity
of Connecticut School of Nursing, last
summer submitted an abstract to conference
personnel entitled “A wellness initiative for
victims of domestic violence”. It describes
the partnership between the DVCC and the
UCONN School of Nursing in addressing
the unmet health needs prevalent in those
impacted by intimate partner violence,
especially victims residing in safe houses
or shelters. The presentation will discuss
how nursing students and their supervisors
addressed DVCC SafeHouse residents’
specific health needs, provided preventative
screening and health promotion activities
and employed strategies to help residents
take charge of their own health, including
UCONN School of Nursing students with presentation posters they created for a Health and Wellness Fair for
DVCC clients.
Susan Delaney, Director of DVCC’s Medical Advocacy Project, and Dr. Donna Clemmens, Associate Clinical
Professor at UCONN School of Nursing.