ERIC Number: ED270654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-18
Reference Count: 0
A Public Health Initiative for Preventing Family Violence.
Hargens, Yvonne Marie
A community task force studying violence issues closely examined police statistics for domestic calls. Few records of referrals were made in response to these calls. Other statistics on child abuse and family violence reinforced the fact that family violence was a significant problem, making program response to family violence issues a top priority for the community. The community group developed methods to improve the opportunity for optimum growth and development among children at risk for child abuse and neglect. A police referral system between police and public health workers was arranged and the issues of confidentiality, power, and timeliness of contact were resolved. Other potential referral sources were contacted including a hospital-based family counseling program. Public health staff participated in staff development education on the topics of assessment, interview, and intervention techniques. Community awareness of family violence was heightened through sensitive plays on child sexual abuse, a brochure containing a service directory for police to give out on domestic calls, and a brochure on a non-threatening approach to parenting. Referrals have included domestic disputes, neighborhood disputes, severe psychological or mental health problems, chemical dependency, vulnerable adults, and needed home care. Most contacts made by the public health nurse were met with relief. Protecting and preserving the health and safety of people is in the public interest, and public health nursing needs to promote funding in areas not likely to generate fee for service revenues. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (113th, Washington, DC, November 17-21, 1985).