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Increasing Capacity to Address Health, Justice, & Equity Through Partnerships: A Guide to Help Health Centers, Domestic Violence Programs, & Civil Legal Aid Organizations Address & Prevent Intimate Partner Violence, Human Trafficking, & Exploitation

Resource Topic: Quality Improvement

Year Developed: 2022

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs

Language(s): English

Sponsored by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Developed by: National Health Network on Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking (See other resources developed by this organization). In collaboration with National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.

Resource Summary: Supporting the millions of survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence (IPV), human trafficking (HT), and exploitation (E), requires an intentional and immediate shift away from professional silos and towards multidisclipinary, collaborative health, justice, and equity approaches. Through partnerships, health centers, domestic violence (DV) programs or agencies, and civil legal aid organizations can more effectively leverage their respective skill sets to close access gaps by addressing survivors’ myriad health and social needs, eliminate the risk factors through prevention programs, and improve overall outcomes for individuals and communities. Given their disproportionate share of patients or clients who are survivors, this guide provides select tools and resources for the following key partners and allies: HEALTH CENTERS | To promote collaboration with DV programs and civil legal aid organizations, and help establish medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) DV PROGRAMS | To promote collaboration with HCs/civil legal programs CIVIL LEGAL AID ORGANIZATIONS | To promote collaboration with HCs/DV programs/establish MLPs ESTABLISHED MLPS | To promote DV/HT/E as issues they can address, intersectional with other I-HELP areas of work

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit