For Healthcare Organizations

Family violence is a serious healthcare concern that often goes under-recognized and under-reported and can have devastating and even life-threatening consequences. The Center for Family Safety and Healing collaborates with healthcare providers in both the medical and mental health fields to coordinate effective and positive changes to break the cycle of violence in this community.

Customized training programs and support are available for individuals and organizations in the healthcare industry, including: Emergency Medical Services, firefighters, physicians, nurses, medical students, mental health providers and others. Participants will learn how to recognize signs of abuse, respond appropriately and refer to community resources. Continuing Education Credits may be available upon request. For more information and scheduling, please contact (614) 722-4830.

Other Healthcare Initiatives

The Center for Family Safety and Healing, with the help of a Primary Care Advisory Sub-Committee, created a guide for use with intimate partner violence.

Responding to Intimate Partner Violence

Coming Soon: A Practical Guide for Central Ohio Primary Healthcare Providers, which is designed to be a reference tool for providers working to implement Domestic Violence protocols.

Project S.A.F.E. (Safe Assessment For Everyone)

Approximately 96% of pregnant women receive prenatal care and average 12-13 prenatal care visits. Research suggests that abuse escalates when women are pregnant. For that reason, The Center for Family Safety and Healing, in conjunction with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's OB-GYN Clinic, developed a protocol for physicians to provide screening to all pregnant women twice during their pregnancy. Since its inception in the year 2000, over 12,652 women have been screened through Project S.A.F.E. Victims are referred to appropriate sources of help and the program also educates staff, students and other healthcare professionals about family violence.

Project S.A.F.E. has been successfully replicated at the following locations: OB-GYN Associates of Lancaster, Columbus Public Health and Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers comprised of the following clinics: Westside Health Center, John Maloney Health Center, East Central Health Center and Northeast Health Center.

In addition, Project S.A.F.E. coordinates an annual healthcare provider conference on the subject of family violence.

To learn more about replicating Project S.A.F.E. in other medical facilities, training programs or the annual conference, please contact (614) 293-5469.

The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-8200