Research has found that one out of every six women who present to fracture clinics has experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) in the past 12 months and that one out of every 50 women attending fracture clinics is there to receive treatment for an injury that was sustained as a direct result of IPV. Because of this, the COA, the Centre for Evidence-Based Orthopaedics at McMaster University, and a team of clinician-researchers from across Canada and the United States have partnered to raise awareness about IPV victimization and provide orthopaedic surgeons and allied health care professionals (HCPs) with education on how to respond to IPV. This is being accomplished through several initiatives including a new training program called EDUCATE. The EDUCATE program is designed to empower orthopaedic surgeons and allied health care providers with the knowledge and skills required to successfully identify and assist women in fracture clinics who have been victimized by IPV. The program is currently being implemented and evaluated at select fracture clinics. Based on the evaluation, the program will be refined and made available nationally in summer of 2018.
To learn more, click here to access ‘Intimate Partner Violence: What Canadian Orthopaedic Surgeons Need to Know!’ (COA Spring Bulletin, 2017).
Intimate Partner Violence Position Statement and Best Practice Recommendations (and IPV Resources Appendix) – 2017
EDUCATE training program in the news:
Fight against domestic violence calls on orthopedic clinics (Montreal Gazette; April 8, 2017)
Diagnosing domestic violence: N.L. surgeons learn how to spot the signs (CBC News; April 12, 2017)