Health Care Can Change From Within: A Sustainable Model for Intimate Partner Violence

Project Overview

1st Funding Cycle Implementation Award
     Project Start Date: 6/1/2005
     Project End Date: 5/31/2008 No Cost Extension Through: 11/30/2008
     Award Amount:     $450,000

Project Goal Statement: This project aims to improve the health of women in Wisconsin by strengthening the primary and secondary prevention of intimate partner violence (domestic violence) in the health care system.   The project will develop, implement and evaluate a model training program that will help medical clinics and emergency departments establish a sustainable intervention for intimate partner violence.  The project will build upon the extensive prior work of the partners conducting medical education in domestic violence and domestic violence advocacy to develop a state-of-the-art intervention model.  While much prior work has focused upon training individual health professionals, this project will focus upon multiple levels of intervention to assure that intervention strategies are implemented and sustained in a cost-effective manner.

 Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Sojourner Truth House
Additional community partner organization name: The Women's Center

 Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Bruce Ambuel, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Kevin Hamberger, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Clare Guse, MS, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Marie Wolff, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, Department of Pediatrics
  • Mary Beth Phelan, MD, RDMS, Department of Emergency Medicine
 Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Report Summary June 2005 - November 2008
Project Final Report Summary

 Affiliated Web Pages:

Sojourner Truth House
The Women's Center

 Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Outreach Materials/Events
    • Developed two brochures on healthy relationships and fighting fair
    • Developed the Physician Manual and Health Advocate Resource Manual
  • Presentations
    • Presentations at two sessions at the 11th Annual Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma about screening and intervention of intimate partner violence in the clinic setting and community-academic partnerships. San Diego, CA. September 2006.
    • Presentation at the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s 2007 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence. March 2007.
Contact Us

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Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
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