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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Healthcare’s Impact on Domestic Violence Cases

The cost of Intimate Partner Violence is $4.1 billion in direct medical and mental health care services… EACH YEAR.


Follow a Victim Through The Healthcare System

The standards of practice are always evolving based on research and the laws that are in place. This panel discussion, including forensic nursing, healthcare security, case management, and law enforcement, will discuss the role of each and how each area can collaborate to support victims.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn about the different healthcare and law enforcement professionals a victim or abuser will encounter while in the healthcare system.
  • Understand the role of the forensic nurse and primary nurse.
  • Understand the role of hospital security
  • Understand the role of law enforcement
  • Understand the role of insurance company case management
  • How healthcare and law enforcement professionals can collaborate and support victims/abusers through the process



This Lunch-N-Learn is valuable to a multidisciplinary audience, including nurses, physicians, victim advocates, healthcare security, law enforcement, victim service professionals, and survivors.

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Sarah-Marie Baumgartner


Registered Nurse and Founder of M.A.P.S Project Defense
Sarah-Marie has been a nurse for the past 15 years. She has worked in acute care cardiology, outpatient cardiology and currently works in pediatric home care. She is a survivor of domestic abuse and started M.A.P.S Project Defense as a platform to bring empowerment and self-protection training to victims and survivors safely and discreetly. She is passionate about ensuring the education of healthcare, law enforcement, and security professionals to increase their knowledge and cultivate trauma-informed responses to victims and survivors.




Immediate Past President, Academy of Forensic Nurses
Ms. Faugno is a Founding Board Director for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). She also is a founding board member and is the immediate past president of the Academy of Forensic Nurses. She is a retired fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science and a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses and a Distinguished Fellow in the Academy of Forensic Nursing. She works for Live Safe as a Forensic nurse in Marietta, Georgia. In April 2019 she was the recipient of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week award given in Washington DC. She provides training across the country and internationally for sexual assault and Domestic Violence/Non-Fatal strangulation to assist communities who wish to bring forward teams of health care providers. She is also a co-author of numerous textbooks and papers on dealing with the forensic medical aspects of violence, such as the Color Atlas of Sexual Assault, published in 1997, which is the first book of its kind in the Nation, and Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span and multiple workbooks on the topic. Her latest workbook 2020: Sexually transmitted Infection and Non-Fatal strangulation are wonderful resources to nurses and physicians when treating sexual assault patients.

Mike Hodges


System Director of Public Safety, Piedmont Healthcare
Mike Hodges, MA, CHPA is the System Director of Public Safety for Piedmont Healthcare in Georgia. He is an engaged and proactive healthcare security leader with over 20 years of military and security experience. His work and interests are focused on proactive violence prevention and strategic employee training. Additionally, Mike has been a pioneer in proactive security solutions including leading the development of a collaborative workplace violence prevention program that has reduced incidents of workplace violence by over 50% at his facility. Prior to healthcare, Mike was a member of the U.S. Army where his service included the response to Hurricane Katrina and combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Vizient Brilliance Award for Innovation, the 2018 Montague Boyd Excellence in Publishing Award, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal among other awards. Mike has published numerous articles related to violence prevention and officer training. He currently manages the Proactive Security blog and co-hosts the Proactive Security Podcast.

Chris Jones


Training Supervisor, 3M
Dr. Chris Jones is currently the Supervisor of training for 3M Consumer Group in Clinton, TN. Formerly, he was a training specialist at the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) and National Forensic Academy (NFA). Dr. Jones has trained thousands of law enforcement officers domestically and internationally on an array of subject matters. He also serves as a content expert and adjunct faculty at the collegiate level. Dr. Jones has been a featured presenter at multiple conferences to include the National Association of School Resource Officers and the FBI National Academy Associates TN & KY Chapters. Before joining UT, he was an officer of the Kingsport Police Department. Dr. Jones is the creator and host of The Commander podcast, where he and his guests share expertise on a broad range of law enforcement topics. His academic background includes a doctor of education in leadership and professional practice from Trevecca Nazarene University, an MBA from King University, and a bachelor of science from East Tennessee State University. Dr. Jones’ passion for helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault was the inspiration for his dissertation research: Quantifying the Lethality of Domestic Violence and Implications for Enhancing Offender Prosecution.



Domestic Violence Lethality Screen for First Responders (Basic Version)

The questions in the document (PDF), and the criteria for determining the level of risk a person faces, are based on the best available research on factors associated with lethal violence by a current or former intimate partner. However, each situation may present unique factors that influence risk for lethal violence that are not captured by this screen. Although most victims who screen “positive” or “high danger” would not be expected to be killed, these victims face a much higher risk than that of other victims of intimate partner violence.


Violence Against Health Care Workers (Infographic)

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Documentation Tool

VictimsVoice Legally Admissible Tool (click image)

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Help Guide: Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. Whether you’re the abused or a concerned friend or family member, it’s important to know that help is available.


Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV) Lethality Assessment

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Any provider working with victims of sexual assault where the offender is an intimate partner — often referred to as intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV) — should be trained in the use of lethality assessments or be familiar with the risk factors of IPSV. Individuals who are experiencing IPSV may be at risk of lethality, and appropriate awareness and training ensure more informed providers can identify and interrupt potentially lethal situations. Lethality assessments contributed to the rise in awareness and education about strangulation. SARTs can use evaluation or case review to identify opportunities for education, prevention, or systems change.


Identification and Intervention by Health Care Providers (VAWnet)

The adverse health consequences associated with domestic violence often bring patients who are abused in contact with health care professionals. Patients who use violence against their partners are also likely to seek health services. Patients may seek health care services for problems, such as physical injuries, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress that are triggered by domestic violence. Facial injuries caused by domestic violence can be identified in dental settings. Primary care, reproductive health, and child health care providers are also positioned to identify and prevent domestic violence. This section includes guidelines for screening, documenting, and responding to domestic violence.




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Casa de Esperanza

Latinx survivors can reach out to Casa de Esperanza at 1-651-772-1611 or

StrongHearts Native Helpline

Native American and Alaska Native individuals can reach out to the StrongHearts Native Helpline at 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) or

Anti-Violence Project Hotline

LGBTQ people can reach out to the Anti-Violence Project Hotline at 1-212-714-1141 or, or the Northwest Network at

Love Is Respect

Young people experiencing relationship or domestic violence can contact Love Is Respect at 1-866-331-9474 or

Trevor Project

LGBTQ young people who may be experiencing abuse because of their gender identity or sexuality can contact the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or

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