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Intimate Partner Violence IPV Assistance Program (IPVAP) - VA PROVIDERS, STAFF & COMMUNITY
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In VA Providers, Staff & Community, you will find resources to help you provide excellent trauma informed care to our Veterans.
This program seeks to empower you, the provider, to do the valued and important work of caring for Veterans and their families who are impacted by intimate partner violence.
- The VHA Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) site Coordinators offer a wide range of integrated programs and services aimed at supporting VA providers in assessing and addressing IPV for Veterans, their partners and Caregivers, as well as VA staff impacted by IPV.
- Services offered include education, prevention, screening, and intervention, as well as collaborating with local community programs.
- The VHA IPVAP works with a variety of internal programs whose aim is to strengthen and promote healthy relationships. Programs include the Warrior to Soul Mate program, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Couples, Family Services and Veterans Readjustment Counseling centers.
- VHA IPVAP also provides an array of Evidence-based, Trauma-informed therapy options for Veterans who use or are at risk of using IPVAP, including the Strength at Home Program.
- Talking to your VA providers can make a difference. While IPVAP recognizes that both men and women experience IPV, studies indicate that women who talk to their healthcare providers about IPV are 4 times more likely to use an intervention and 2.6 times more likely to exit the abusive relationship.
- IPVAP advocates for screening all Veterans for IPV in order to provide education and intervention when needed.
- IPVAP supports practice of screening for both IPV & suicide risk as each can increase risk for the other.
In the future on this website, you will learn about the basics of IPV, including prevalence and effects on the Veterans & Partners pages.
For more information or assistance, Veterans can contact their local Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program, Primary Care Social Worker or other Provider. Women Veterans can also ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager.
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Find help in the community by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 (SAFE) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.
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