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Increase in Domestic Violence Cases Tied to COVID-19 Pandemic

June 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the virus had the unintended consequence of creating more dangerous situations for victims of abuse, especially domestic violence. Reported cases of domestic violence increased dramatically around the world during the pandemic.

ISMIE’s new risk management resource offers helpful guidance on how to proceed if you suspect a patient may be a victim of domestic violence.

As you know, physicians have a legal and ethical responsibility to identify victims of abuse. And while the legal reporting requirements may differ among states, it is important to have processes in place at your medical practice or facility that outline the steps to identify a potential victim of domestic violence. 

The domestic violence resource has strategies to help you know the signs of abuse, to create a plan to help your patient and to anticipate possible stumbling blocks.

Access our domestic violence resource here.

For more information, please contact the Risk Management team
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