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Passageway – Domestic Abuse Intervention and Prevention

CCHHE's Passageway program works to improve the health, wellbeing, and safety of those experiencing abuse from an intimate partner. We offer the following support services to hospital and health center patients, employees, and community members:

  • Free and confidential advocacy services*
  • Safety planning
  • Individual counseling and support
  • A safe place to talk
  • Information about the health effects of domestic violence
  • Support groups
  • Medical advocacy
  • Legal and court advocacy
  • Referrals to community resources (health care, housing, shelter, lawyers, and others)

*Services are flexible and designed to create safe access for individuals. A person does not need to leave a relationship to use our services. We support a person’s individual choices and rights. All services are free, voluntary, and confidential.

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V-Day 2021

 

V-Day is a celebration of female empowerment intended to raise awareness of, and begin to remedy, issues of violence against women and girls. Since 2015, Brigham and Women’s Hospital has hosted an annual event honoring the day, in concert with hundreds of other events across the nation and around the globe.

To learn more about the V-Day organization, a non-profit with the mission to raise awareness of violence against women and funds to combat it, please visit their website: https://www.vday.org/.

V-Day 2021: “Intimate Partner Violence Amidst COVID-19”

 

A recording of this event can be found here: https://bwhedtech.media.partners.org/programs2/mgr2/archive2021/jefrey20210212mgr/.

You can also download our presenters’ slides by using the links below:

Our sixth annual V-Day event took place on Friday, February 12, 2021, as part of Brigham’s Medical Grand Rounds. Our focus was on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the incidence of intimate partner violence and the provision of medical care to women who experience it. The event featured presentations by Nisha Cirino, MSW, LICSW, Eve Rittenberg, MD, Andrea MacDonald, DNP, MSN/MBA, CEN, SANE-A, RN, and Bharti Khurana, MD and a panel discussion moderated by Leena Mittal, MD, FACLP.

The learning objectives for this event were to:

  1. Described the impact of COVID-19 has had on the incidence and presentation of intimate partner violence
  2. Shared resources that clinicians can utilize for patients who are survivors or suspected survivors of intimate partner violence
  3. Provided information on workflow for intimate partner violence inquiry during telehealth encounters

Resources for Clinicians

We have gathered links and resources which we hope will be useful to clinicians and other providers who are seeking to support patients or clients who have experienced intimate partner violence.

Interpersonal Violence Awareness Month - 2020

Al mes de concientización sobre la violencia domestica

Outcomes of Abuse

Domestic abuse is a pattern of behavior in which a partner or former partner tries to control your thoughts, beliefs, or actions, and may include emotional, spiritual, physical, sexual, and/or economic abuse. Domestic abuse is linked to many common health conditions, including anxiety and depression, physical injuries, chronic pain, gynecological disorders, stomach problems, heart disease, migraines/headaches, and pregnancy complications.

SIGNS OF ABUSE

Does your partner:

  • Blame you for everything that goes wrong?
  • Make you feel afraid?
  • Tell you that you are “crazy” or “worthless”?
  • Prevent you from talking to friends or family?
  • Prevent you from keeping appointments?
  • Hit, shove, punch, kick, choke, pull your hair, or restrain you?
  • Hurt or threaten you?
  • Force you to have sex against your will?
  • Take your money or not let you spend your money?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. We can help.

Getting Help

Passageway works with people from all walks of life, representing a diverse population of survivors. We offer direct services in English and Spanish and use interpreters for other languages.

If you are being abused, there is caring support available to you. If you have any concerns about safety in your relationship, call us.

Passageway Contact Numbers

Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5pm (all locations)

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
    (617) 732-8753
  • Faulkner Hospital
    (617) 983-7854
  • Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
    (617) 983-4148
  • Brookside Community Health Center
    (617) 983-6024
  • Whittier Street Health Center
    (617) 989-3027
  • Mission Hill Community
    (857) 225-6559

To page an advocate, call (617) 732-6660, beeper #31808. After hours, call the pager number and ask to speak to the Emergency Department/on-call social worker.

Other Important Numbers and Websites

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital (Main Line)
    (617) 732-5500 or 1-800-722-5520
  • BWH Security
    (617) 732-6565
  • BWH Social Workers
    (617) 732-6469
  • BWH Women’s GYN Clinic
    (617) 732-4806 or pager #18559
  • BWH Chaplaincy
    (617) 732-7480
  • Domestic Violence SafeLink
    1-877-785-2020 (24-hour hotline)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    1-800-799-7233
    TDD 1-800-787-3224
  • Partners Employee Assistance Program
    (617) 732-6017 www.eap.partners.org
  • HAVEN at MGH
    (617) 724-0054 www.havenatmgh.org
  • Jane Doe, Inc. www.janedoe.org
  • Futures Without Violence www.futureswithoutviolence.org

Services for Health Care Professionals

  • Consultation for providers within the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) system and community
  • Trainings on all areas of domestic abuse, including:
    • Screening and intervention
    • Documentation
    • Risk assessment and intervention in high risk cases
    • Strangulation identification, documentation, and intervention

For more information, contact passageway@partners.org.

Prevention and Education Programs

CCHHE’s Passageway program works to improve the health, wellbeing, and safety of those experiencing abuse from an intimate partner. We offer the following support services to hospital and health center patients, employees, and community members:

  • Free and confidential advocacy services*
  • Safety planning
  • Individual counseling and support
  • A safe place to talk
  • Information about the health effects of domestic violence
  • Support groups
  • Medical advocacy
  • Legal and court advocacy
  • Referrals to community resources (health care, housing, shelter, lawyers, and others)

*Services are flexible and designed to create safe access for individuals. A person does not need to leave a relationship to use our services. We support a person’s individual choices and rights. All services are free, voluntary, and confidential.

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