STRATEGY 1 – Cross-Disciplinary Training

The objective of the Cross-Disciplinary Training (CDT) strategy is to promote consistent screening, counseling and referrals for domestic violence by healthcare and social service providers in Orange County.

A team of representatives from local Orange County domestic violence agencies (Human Options, Laura's House and Women's Transitional Living Center (WTLC)) and UC Irvine physicians jointly deliver a free, 90 minute, CME-eligible training to healthcare and social service providers on how to: 

· Understand the cycle of domestic violence and its impact on health

· Screen and counsel for domestic violence in the healthcare or social service setting in a culturally sensitive manner

· Understand and explain the limits of confidentiality

· Comply with mandatory reporting laws

· Access domestic violence resources and make referrals
· Document screening, counseling, and related health issues in the medical record in a manner that respects patient privacy

· Potentially be reimbursed for time spent screening and counseling


Between October 2016 and August 2018, 31 IRB-approved trainings were delivered to 715 healthcare and social service providers (16 of whom were trained as "trainers").  Of the trainees who responded to the post-test survey: 
  • 99% reported an increase in knowledge about DV and health
  • 92% reported feeling more prepared for DV screening as a result of the training
  • 96% reported improved understanding of how to refer for DV services

The CDT team created a series of four free, CME-eligible, web-based training videos. 
  1. Intimate Partner Violence and Health Training for Providers
  2. Cultural Competency (South Asia, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander)
  3. Teen Dating Violence
  4. Reproductive Coercion          
To access the modules, CLICK HERE