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May 2013 Directory of Women’s Health Residency Programs

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2013 Directory of Residency and Fellowship Programs in Interdisciplinary Women's Health

(The Directory was published in the May issue of the Journal for Women's Health.)

To learn more about this journal and to subscribe, please visit


If you are a provider interested in resources for providing culturally sensitive care, please see:


Certificate Program in Gender Based Violence Intervention

The VCU Certificate in Gender Violence intervention is a collaborative effort between the L Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Sociology Program and other department/programs at VCU and community advocates working in the area of sexual and domestic violence.

For more information visit:

or contact:
Sarah Jane Brubaker, PhD
Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Associate Professor
L Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


Making the Connection: Domestic Violence and Public Health
Recognition & Prevention of Domestic Violence: A Guide for Health Care Professionals
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Domestic Violence 101 Online Course Available
Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics, by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women  |  MORE INFO

The VCU Institute for Women’s Health, Center of Excellence is working to increase awareness of the health and mental health impacts of violence against women.

As health care professionals, we are privileged to play a unique and important role in the lives of our patients. The healthcare setting offers a critical and unique opportunity for early identification and even prevention of abuse. We encourage universal screening.

  • Asking about domestic violence helps improve patient health and safety
  • Resources are available for health care providers treating victims of abuse
  • Make a difference, get involved!!
Additional Domestic Violence Resources:
  • Family Violence Prevention Fund
  • Health Care models, tool kits, policy, resources
  • Family Violence Prevention & Health Practice – e-journal
  • Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance
    Technical assistance to community-based domestic violence programs and sexual assault centers and other related professional organizations and individuals, directory for statewide domestic violence & sexual assault services, resource and referral network. Training Institute.

Office of Family Health Services—Division of Prevention and Health Promotion

Project Connect seeks to develop comprehensive models of public health prevention and intervention to better enable early childhood home visitors and reproductive health workers to identify and respond to clients experiencing sexual/domestic violence with a focus on reproductive control and the impact of abuse on children and families.
For more on Project Connect > click here

VDH Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention - links

For more information contact:
Sexual and Domestic Violence Healthcare Outreach Coordinator  
Laurie Crawford 804-864-7705

E-Learning Module on VA's Model Healthcare Response to Sexual Assault

This online learning module on a model healthcare response to sexual assault has been made possible through a partnership with The Virginia Department of Health's Office of Family Health Services' Division of Prevention and Health Promotion and the Action Alliance. The training focuses on the Healthcare Guidelines for the Acute Care of Adult and Post-Pubertal Adolescent Sexual Assault Victims. The Guidelines provide comprehensive guidance to responding to sexual assault in a variety of healthcare settings.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history and purpose of the guidelines;
  • Identify and describe the four fundamental criteria of a model healthcare response to a sexual assault;
  • Thoughtfully address patient care priorities throughout a healthcare visit;
  • Inform a sexual assault patient about medical, forensic and legal issues effectively to minimize further trauma and finally,
  • Examine the collaborative relationships among hospitals, clinics, crisis centers and law enforcement to identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education Credits are available through the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Professional Education Programs. 

For more information about these and other resources for healthcare providers available though the Community Solutions website, click here:

To take the training click here.

You will need to register for the training and launch the course through the Action Alliance Learning Management System. Please contact the Action Alliance at 804.377.0335 or should you need assistance launching the course.

This training module and the continuing education credits were made possible by the Preventive Health and Human Services Block Grant number 704E23289 through the Virginia Department of Health.


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last updated: October 29, 2014