disseminate this notice in compliance with the law, other health care providers should also provide this notice to pregnant and post-partum patients.
d.When domestic violence is identified, health care providers should collaborate with the victim in evaluating her ability to comply with recommended treatments and follow-up care, and should modify prescribed regimens, when necessary, in order to better achieve health and safety for the victim.
The ability of victims to follow through on recommended treatments can be compromised by the actions of their abusive partners. Victims should not be expected to comply with medical regimens that require them to do things that directly or indirectly endanger them. Health care providers should integrate safety planning into a victim's treatment plan in order to reduce the risk of further harm from her abusive partner and to increase the chances of a successful treatment outcome. Providers should coordinate safety planning efforts with a domestic violence service provider, if a victim so desires. See (See Guiding Principles, 1.d., re: safety planning.)
e.Health care providers should recognize that, at times, legitimate survival and safety strategies employed by victims (such as resistance, non-compliance and dishonesty) may conflict with recommended treatments and follow-up care. Recommended treatments and/or follow-up care should be continually reviewed and modified, as necessary, to reflect a victim's ongoing safety-related needs.
The safety-related concerns of victims do not necessarily remain constant. As a result, victims may attempt to protect themselves from the violent and coercive acts of their partners in ways that conflict with agreed upon medical regimens. A victim's use of survival strategies related to safety should be supported and encouraged and not seen as a failure to comply with the treatment plan, but as an indication that the treatment plan needs to be reviewed and modified.
f.Health care providers should cultivate cooperative relationships with domestic violence service providers, advise patients who are identified as victims of the availability of domestic violence residential and non-residential services, and assist women in making linkages with those services if they desire.
Health care providers should also advise patients who are victims of domestic violence of any in-house services that may be helpful such as a domestic violence coordinator, or