terri l. weaver, ph.d. :: exploring the impact of violence on the lives of women and their children

:: Pediatric-Psychology Partnership

Groundbreaking Project Hopes to Help Victims of Domestic Violence
Program will assist health care workers identify problems

One of the greatest concerns for domestic violence advocates is that many victims are falling through the cracks of the nation's health care system. A project at Saint Louis University aimed to change that. Saint Louis University received a three year grant, totaling nearly $500,000, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions, to train graduate-level psychology students how to identify and intervene with victims of domestic violence.

"Domestic violence is a major public health problem in the United States," said Dr. Terri Weaver, an associate professor of psychology and the project's coordinator. "It's also a problem that is underreported and under-identified."

Through the pilot program, Saint Louis University taught graduate-level students how to assess for domestic violence. The program incorporated domestic violence into the standard curriculum.

Students worked at a local pediatric facility and then served as consultants to pediatricians, nurses and other health care workers. The project assisted women and children suffering from domestic violence who may not have been identified by the health care system.

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