Message From the Director
Need for Awareness
are the least likely of all health professionals to
intervene in domestic violence situations.
Connection Between Dentistry and Family Violence
Because most domestic violence
injuries are to the head and neck, dentists are in
a unique position to respond.
Barriers to Intervention Reported by Dental
Eight specific issues prevent
dentists from intervening when patients are abused.
The basics of
abuse, including the types of abuse and behavioral
dynamics, are featured components of the training model.
The family violence
training model covers fourteen topics and familiarizes
dental professionals with community resources.
Openness Encourages Disclosure
and a nonjudgmental attitude may help patients confide
Dos and don'ts
for intervening in cases of suspected violence.
Participant Evaluation Results
show changes in dental professionals' attitudes
toward reporting domestic abuse after the training.
Impact of the Training Program
made a significant impact in teaching dental professionals
how to identify and report abuse.
Educating dental professionals
increases the likelihood they will screen for abuse
and appropriately intervene if necessary.
About the Author
Training and Technical Assistance Center:
This document was prepared by Denver
VALE Board/Denver Victim Services 2000,
under grant number 97-VF-GX-K001,
awarded by the Office for Victims of
Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S.
Department of Justice.The opinions, findings,
conclusions, and recommendations
expressed in this document are those of
the authors, and do not necessarily represent
the official position or policies of the
U.S. Department of Justice.