Where Did You Get That Bruise? Identifying and Treating Domestic Violence Victims in Kansas City

Providing advocacy and supportive services to victims of domestic violence who present at hospitals

From 2003 to 2006, a coalition of six domestic violence agencies in the Kansas City area worked with local hospitals and clinics to provide assistance to patients who were victims of domestic violence. The project, called BridgeSPAN, was an expansion of an existing partnership between one agency and six hospitals.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partners program a matching grants program to establish partnerships between RWJF and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for vulnerable populations.

Key Results:

  • The number of participating health care facilities (hospitals and clinics) rose from six to 33.
  • Medical staff at hospitals and clinics identified 3,183 patients who were victims of domestic violence. Some 2,946 of these (93 percent) received assistance from BridgeSPAN.
  • From 2003 to 2006, BridgeSPAN personnel trained 20,245 health care professionals in identifying victims of domestic violence.
  • The six domestic violence agencies in the coalition adopted uniform standards of care that specify procedures for counseling victims of domestic violence in health care facilities.