Increasing Capacity to Address Health, Justice, & Equity Through Partnerships

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

By Health Partners on IPV + Exploitation, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

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 multidisciplinary, 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

See Also: Collaborating to Address the Health and Legal Needs of Patients Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence and Exploitation Webinar and Learning Collaborative.