Health Care Providers

Resources for Health Care providers

Handouts for Health Care Providers

Overview of Intimate Partner Violence

Screening Tools and Mandatory Reporting

Documentation, Assessment, Safety Planning


From Domestic Violence: Practical Applications Session. Trainer’s Manual For Health Care Providers, Family Violence Prevention Fund (1998)

    1. Cultural competency refers to the process by which health care providers:
      • Combine general knowledge with specific information provided by the patient,
      • Incorporate an awareness of their own biases, and
      • Approach the definition of culture with a self reflective and open mind.

Recognizing that that individuals have different perspectives based on their diversity is the first step in a lifelong process of becoming culturally competent.

    1. When working with domestic violence victims, a successful, culturally competent intervention incorporates:
      • An understanding of the definition of cultural competency;
      • An awareness of one’s own biases, prejudices and knowledge concerning
        patients and their culture; and
      • A recognition of professional power (such as the power differential between
        provider and patient) in order to avoid imposing one’s own values on the

Handout for Health Care Providers: Definition of Cultural Competency (pdf)

A Note on Terminology

Domestic violence/relationship abuse refers to intimate relationships, not child abuse. Because the vast majority of relationship abuse is committed by men against women in heterosexual relationships, this website sometimes contains the female gender pronoun when referring to the abused person. Domestic violence/relationship abuse happens at the same rate in LGBTQQ relationships and all of the information on this site is relevant for male victims and for individuals in same-gender relationships. In addition, please see our resources on same-gender relationships. Our goal is to encourage helping professionals to be gender inclusive. This includes using gender-neutral language when working with individuals, while continuing to analyze gender as a construct that has implications on gender-based violence in both heterosexual and same-gender relationships.