This module provides a comprehensive model of public health prevention and intervention to improve health and safety for victims of sexual and domestic violence. The training teaches home visitors how to screen mothers/women for domestic violence (DV) using the evidence-based Relationship Assessment Tool, provide safety planning, and make referrals that meet federal benchmark requirements.

As a result of the training, home visitors will have assessment strategies and tools, training curricula, educational materials, and policy/procedure guidance to better identify and provide support and referrals to individuals and families impacted by sexual and domestic violence.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe trauma-informed programming
  2. Name two common reactions when caring for survivors of trauma
  3. Name two strategies for promoting self-care related to trauma-informed workplace practice
  4. Describe the prevalence of domestic violence
  5. List two ways domestic violence affects perinatal health
  6. Give two examples of reproductive coercion 
  7. Describe a tool developed to educate clients about reproductive coercion
  8. Identify two barriers to home visitors doing domestic violence assessment with clients
  9. Describe why universal education using the HMHB safety card is important for helping clients experiencing domestic violence
  10. Describe why the “Relationship Assessment Tool” is a good screening tool for domestic violence
  11. List action steps in a safety plan that a client can take if she feels unsafe
  12. Explain how developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with your domestic violence agency can enhance home visitation services