Highlight: Violence Prevention Program

Violence Prevention Program

“Thank you for showing me that I have options and for helping me put together a plan to stay safe.”  Carla, SCH Patient

Health care providers are in a unique position to identify and respond to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Many victims of abuse will present within healthcare settings such as general medicine practices, prenatal clinics and hospital emergency departments due to a direct link between interpersonal violence and overall health. Medical providers may be the only professionals with an excuse to speak with a patient alone that an abuser will accept. They also are privy to highly sensitive information that can provide red flags that a patient is experiencing abuse.

The Violence Prevention Program at Swedish Covenant Hospital was developed in 2015 to strengthen the hospital’s capacity to identify and respond to patients who are victims of violence. Medical professionals continue to face barriers to identifying and addressing interpersonal violence including a lack of knowledge regarding subtler signs and symptoms of abuse and the community resources available to support victims. This critical program trains healthcare providers to identify victims through patient screenings, assess their immediate needs and connect them with community-based partner agencies. The program is completely funded through generous gifts to Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation.

Your philanthropic support of the Violence Prevention Program provides critical resources to help Swedish Covenant Hospital identify and respond to victims of violence. Your charitable gift of:

  • $1,000 will provide crisis assessment, options counseling and safety planning in the emergency room for 10 survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking.
  • $600 will support the training of 10 staff through workshops to identify, assess safety and refer patients who are current victims of domestic violence or human trafficking with a focus on the emergency room, obstetrics, Women’s Health Center, in-patient psychiatric unit, and outpatient practices.
  • $250 will help to produce multi-lingual patient education materials to teach at-risk patients about the dynamics of domestic violence and human trafficking, and offer contact information and services provided by our domestic violence partner agencies in our community.
  • $100 will provide safe transportation for a victim to emergency shelter and streamlined referrals to north side domestic violence and human trafficking service providers most suited to their language and cultural identities.
  • $50 will provide comfort care packages for five victims of violence who present in the emergency department following a traumatic event.

Your secure online donation will make a lasting impact on the lives of others. Thank you.

If you have a question please contact us at (773) 293-5121 or Foundation@swedishcovenant.org.