Domestic violence is a public health crisis

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ZeroV's Healthcare Hub

ZeroV supports healthcare professionals, domestic violence experts, survivors, and stakeholders at all levels as they improve healthcare’s response to domestic violence.

About ZeroV’s Healthcare Hub 

Our Healthcare Hub serves as a resource center for healthcare professionals and community health workers to provide quality, trauma-informed care to survivors of intimate partner violence. Contents found in ZeroV’s Healthcare Hub are funded wholly or in part by the FVPSA COVID-19 Prevention Mitigation Funding. 

ZeroV’s Healthcare Hub provides support through: 

  • Technical assistance on addressing the intersections of health and intimate partner violence to healthcare providers, public health agencies, hospitals, other health systems, DV/SA advocacy programs, and more. Contact Beth Workman today to learn more about technical assistance services. 
  • Community Connections. Connecting health care providers to the local domestic violence shelters throughout the state to increase health services to survivors. View our Get Help Now page to learn more about and get in contact with the domestic violence program in your service area. 

And also offers Futures Without Violence’s resources such as:  

  • An online toolkit for health care providers and DV advocates to prepare a clinical practice to address domestic and sexual violence, including screening instruments, sample scripts for providers, and patient and provider educational resources: IPVHealth.org. 
  • Educational Videos for health care providers and advocates on the intersection of health and violence and helping survivors. 

COVID-19

During COVID-19, our services never stopped, and our doors never closed.  

During COVID-19 pandemic, ZeroV’s network of domestic violence (DV) shelter doors stayed open the entire time. Kentucky’s 15 regional DV shelters have been providing services uninterrupted to survivors since the pandemic and have integrated COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation work into these services to improve survivor service provisions. Because of COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation funding, ZeroV’s domestic violence programs have: 

  • Seen a boost Telehealth services with increased access to funding more computers/telecommunication devices 
  • Increased workforce capacity through training and increased benefits to DV advocates,  
  • Provided PPE and other COVID-19 mitigation supplies to survivors, and 
  • Offered mitigation services such as providing options for social distancing through hotel stays, offered access to the COVID-19 vaccine, and had COVID-19 tests available throughout the pandemic.

The Ongoing Effects of COVID-19 on Survivors 

ZeroV has been partnering with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) to conduct two research projects aimed at enhancing holistic services to survivors of domestic violence in Kentucky. The ongoing studies are to identify the impact of COVID-19 on health services delivery for survivors of DV, including experiences that differ based on intersecting identities and health concerns, and to assess alternatives to congregate shelter and identify opportunities for redesigning the delivery of shelter services that address health disparities. Final results are expected in the spring of 2024. Results will help direct future services to survivors of domestic violence.