e.In the case of a victim's partner coming on-site, mental health providers should activate appropriate in-house security measures. If the abuser refuses to leave, and/or engages in acts that threaten the safety of staff or clients and/or that violate an existing order of protection, the police should be called. Mental health treatment providers should consider the input of the victim in developing a response plan but also maintain a responsibility to respond quickly to the safety-related needs of staff and other clients.
f.Mental health providers who have a legal duty to warn, should take appropriate steps to protect the intended victim when they have direct knowledge of a client's intent to do harm to that intended victim.
Abusers' threats should be taken very seriously and responded to swiftly and consistently. When there is firsthand knowledge of an abuser's threat to do harm, the victim and the police should be notified immediately, and the victim should be provided the local domestic violence service program hotline number and offered assistance with safety planning.
a.Mental health providers should receive comprehensive and ongoing training on domestic violence and the ways in which victims and abusers may present to the mental health treatment system.
All mental health providers should be trained on the issue of domestic violence. The training should include an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, assessment tools, appropriate interview and intervention skills, and an adequate understanding of domestic violence resources, as outlined in the Guiding Principles, 3.a. In addition, mental health providers should also receive training that will help them identify the clinical clues and indicators of domestic violence in the mental health treatment setting. Training should be thorough and ongoing.
b.With the appropriate releases of information, case management for victims should be coordinated, as appropriate, with domestic violence service programs, and the health care, mental health, child welfare, and legal systems.
Case management and coordination is key to the success of victims in developing and implementing effective safety plans. It is essential that involved systems work together to