The committee will identify ways to respond to and prevent intimate partner violence during health emergencies
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAM) has appointed Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FAAN, assistant professor of nursing, to a special committee that will identify ways to address intimate partner violence (IPV) during health emergencies.
Since the onset of COVID-19, emerging data and reports have shown that all types of violence against women, particularly IPV, have intensified. Public health emergencies and other hazards have the potential to negatively affect a wide range of women’s health care services, including those related to IPV.
The committee will develop a conceptual framework for delivering essential preventive and primary health care services related to IPV during public health emergencies using an all-hazards approach. The committee's framework will:
- Identify essential health care services related to IPV in non-PHEs (steady state) based on currently available evidence;
- Define essential health care services related to IPV in PHEs based on currently available evidence;
- Identify ways to prepare for and prioritize the provision of essential health care services related to IPV before PHEs;
- Describe health disparities related to IPV in PHEs;
- Identify innovations and best practices to prepare for and operationalize the equitable delivery of essential health care services related to IPV during PHEs;
- Identify promising practices in preventing IPV; and
- Develop strategies to overcome barriers faced by HRSA-supported and safety-net settings of care in providing essential health care services related to IPV during PHEs, particularly for underserved populations.
Announcement adapted from NAM