Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day

Event Date

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Event Location
4320 Seminary Road Alexandria, Va Event will be located in the Atrium of the hospital.

 This annual event aims to reach members of the health care community and educate them about the critical importance of assessing for domestic violence, as well as the long term health implications of domestic violence and lifetime exposure to violence. Medical studies link long term effects of domestic violence and abuse with a myriad of health problems including smoking, diabetes, obesity, eating disorders and substance abuse. However, while doctors and nurses routinely screen for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, too few screen for domestic violence. This year’s focus is the “journey of the purple folder” which is given to a victim when they go to Alexandria Hospital for any medical care. The journey illustrates how victims are connected with different agencies throughout the city.

This event is sponsored by Inova Alexandria Hospital and the Domestic Violence Intervention Project. DVIP is a multi-agency coordinated community response working to improve services for victims of domestic violence and dedicated to promoting safe and healthy relationships through community coordination DVIP members consist of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Police Department, Domestic Violence Program, Probation and Parole, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Sheriff’s officer, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Alexandria Health Department, Alexandria Hospital, Stop Child Abuse Now, Court Service Unit, and other allied agencies.