14. IPV Training for Healthcare Providers

The following training topics and practices are recommended to ensure hospital employees have the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively assess for and respond to IPV with patients.

IPV 101 Training for All New Hospital Personnel

Initial training topics for those responsible for conducting IPV assessments include the following:

  • Definition of IPV
  • IPV statistics (e.g. IPV prevalence in the general population and in different healthcare settings)
  • Chronic health conditions associated with IPV (e.g. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study findings - click here.
  • Prevalence of IPV/SA
  • Cultural competencies regarding IPV
  • Non-biased, supportive interviewing techniques
  • Documentation and reporting expectations
  • Referrals for immediate services
  • Follow-up care

IPV Training Needs Assessment Resources

"Delphi Instrument For Hospital-based Domestic Violence Programs”

A consensus-driven quality assessment tool, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), that assesses hospital’s IPV policies, practices, staff training and employee assistance programs.

  • Download the “Delphi instrument” by clicking here
  • An overview of the “Delphi instrument” along with instructions for its implementation can be found here

“Family Violence Quality Assessment Tool for Primary Care Offices”

An assesmet tool adapted from the “Delphi Instrument” by Futures Without Violence to be used in primary care offices (pediatric, family medicine, internal medicine and OB/GYN).

  • Click here to access the "Family Violence Quality Assessment Tool for Primary Care Offices. :

Formal IPV Training Plan

The Joint Commission requires all its accredited hospitals to have a formal IPV training plan for staff. CCDPH recommends regular, ongoing IPV training for clinical and non-clinical hospital staff that includes:

  • IPV 101 training for all new employees during orientation;
  • Annual IPV training needs assessments of both clinical and non-clinical staff (e.g. security personnel);
  • Annual IPV training for both clinical and non-clinical personnel based on results from the needs assessments;
  • Financial and administrative support for a IPV Task Force responsible for coordinating IPV trainings and needs assessments;
  • Incentives for staff participation, such as on-site IPV training during regular shifts free of charge with free CME/CNE/CEUs upon successful completion; and
  • Information about on-line IPV training resources through CCDPH’s IPV Toolkit links.