A new study offers insights into ways health care providers can best respond to domestic violence among female veterans. The researchers conducted comprehensive qualitative interviews with 12 primary care providers in New England who treat female veterans at VA hospitals.
The study participants strongly supported routine screening for domestic violence, and suggested educational and training programs to improve the understanding of abuse and its impact–both physical and psychological. They also highlighted the benefits of interdisciplinary coordination of care and referrals.
Researchers from the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine collaborated for this report. Their findings will be used to inform the implementation of a standardized detection and intervention program for female veterans.
The study, “VHA Primary Care Providers’ Perspectives on Screening Female Veterans for Intimate Partner Violence: A Preliminary Assessment,” appeared this month in the Journal of Family Violence.