Health Federation of Philadelphia staff member Marcy Witherspoon facilitated Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day (HCADV) at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s eight ambulatory health centers on October 11. Each of Philadelphia’s four domestic violence advocacy organizations have jointly participated in HCADV Day for the past seventeen years.
On this day, local domestic violence advocates staff awareness tables at community health centers to provide information on domestic violence/intimate partner violence, share available local resources and provide confidential crisis counseling to patients and/or staff affected by this issue.
“Health care providers are in a unique position to screen for and to intervene with patients regarding this serious public health issue,” said Marcy Witherspoon, a senior training specialist at HFP. “An appointment with a healthcare provider may be the only place that a survivor can safely disclose and receive support and resources pertaining to this issue.”
HCADV Day is held across the country on the second Wednesday of October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. HFP organizes the event as one of the activities of the Family Violence Clinical Network Program with the Ambulatory Health Services of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. HCADV Day is sponsored by Futures without Violence to raise awareness about this issue and its health impacts.
“The event serves two critical purposes,” said Carolyn Smith-Brown, HFP’s administrative manager for special initiatives. “It reinforces the value and importance of this issue to the staff who work at community health centers. It also brings resources and awareness to patients and the community.”
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