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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Heal Victims of Violence: Helping Providers Care for Woman Patients who are Victims of Violence

Project Period: 09/01/04-03/31/05
Principal Investigator: Crosby Kowal, PhD
Danya International, INC
8737 Colesville Road, STE 1200
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Phone: 301-565-2142
Fax: 301-565-3710


The purpose of the Heal Victims of Violence Helping Providers Care for Women Patients who are Victims of Violence project is to develop a CD-ROM-based resource for healthcare providers to address the comprehensive realm of safety issues and healthcare needs resulting from violence against women. Healthcare providers can make a significant difference in the lives and health of women who are victims of violence by screening routinely for violence, documenting violence in patient records, collecting and safeguarding evidence, and providing medical care, advice, safety planning, and referrals. With input from female patients and healthcare provider, the CD-ROM is expected to appropriately assist women victims of violence by serving as an "encyclopedia of information”. The CD-ROM will consist of several modules that when navigated and completed, will provide healthcare providers with skills, resources, and comprehensive tools for the care of their female patients who have been victimized by violence. Inclusion of advanced searching capabilities will further ensure product usefulness, as providers can refer to only the most pertinent sections for their work. Hyperlinks to additional information about the CD-ROM, and links to the internet will allow users to locate the most needed and up-to-date resources possible.