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 new project at Saint Louis University aims to change that. Saint Louis University has 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 new pilot program, Saint Louis University will teach graduate-level students how to assess for domestic violence. The program will incorporate domestic violence into the standard curriculum.

Students will work at a local pediatric facility and will then serve as consultants to pediatricians, nurses and other health care workers. The project aims to assist women and children suffering from domestic violence who may not be currently identified by the health care system.

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