Oral health-care professionals can have an enormous impact on the identification of patients suffering from domestic violence (DV). Physical violence injuries frequently occur on the head and neck, which can be identified through routine extra/intraoral screenings in the dental office. This course will discuss the prevalence, signs, symptoms, and effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the United States. IPV is a public health concern for lawmakers with total national costs of 8.3 billion dollars.1 One in three women and men will experience IPV in their lifetimes.2 Dental providers have legal and moral obligations to the public, and as such are an integral component to IPV and providing resources for families. Barriers to clinician intervention and tools to break down those barriers will be presented, thus increasing the clinician’s confidence in implementing intervention protocols for their patients.
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