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Male victims of domestic violence present to the health care system so infrequently that routine screening of male patients for victimization is not typically recommended. However, male patients who exhibit clinical clues and indicators of abuse should be screened for domestic violence and knowledgeable referrals to resources should be made for these patients.

b.Health care providers working in hospitals and diagnostic and treatment centers must provide a copy of the Victim's Rights Notice to all suspected and confirmed victims of domestic violence. All other health care providers should provide a copy of the Notice to all suspected and confirmed victims.

Under the Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act of 1994, all hospitals and diagnostic and treatment centers in New York State are required to provide a copy of the Victim's Rights Notice to all suspected and confirmed victims of domestic violence. While not required to by law, other health care providers should also provide a Victim's Rights Notice to patients who are suspected or confirmed victims of domestic violence.

The Victim's Rights Notice provides information, in both English and Spanish, on the assistance available to victims of domestic violence from the police, Family Court, and criminal court, and also provides statewide and local domestic violence hotline numbers. (The Notice has also been translated into Russian, Arabic, and Chinese. Copies are available through OPDV.)

c.Health care providers working in hospitals with maternity/newborn services and diagnostic and treatment centers that offer prenatal care services must disseminate information about the effects of domestic violence and the services available to women and children who are victims. All other health care providers who treat pregnant and post-partum patients should disseminate this same information.

In New York State, Chapter 271 of the Laws of 1997 requires hospitals that have maternity/newborn services, and diagnostic and treatment centers that offer prenatal care services (health centers, Planned Parenthoods, some HMO's, etc.), to disseminate to all patients at prenatal visits, or post-delivery, a notice regarding family violence. The law takes effect on January 23, 1998. The notice will provide information about the effects of child abuse/maltreatment and domestic violence and the services available to women and children who are victims.

In addition to those health care providers who must

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