Intimate Partner Violence: Intervention and Response in the Pediatric Healthcare Setting


Pediatric healthcare settings offer unique opportunities for IPV identification and intervention, but also create unique challenges related to safety and patient disposition. This talk will cover recent controversies around universal IPV screening and discuss the role of universal education to address IPV. Additionally, we’ll identify the three components of healthcare-based IPV programs and discuss how to maximize safety around IPV intervention (with particular attention to documentation).

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss universal screening vs. universal education
  • Identify necessary components of IPV programs in pediatric healthcare settings
  • Identify means to maximize safety of IPV intervention in the pediatric healthcare setting

Dr. Kimberly Randell is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She graduated from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine and completed pediatric residency at Children’s Mercy and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship and a Master’s Degree of Clinical Investigation Sciences at the University of Louisville. Her research and advocacy efforts focus on childhood adversity, including adolescent relationship abuse and childhood exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV). She speaks on these topics nationally and her work is published in peer-reviewed journals. At Children’s Mercy, she is Co-Chair of the IPV Work Group and Project Director for Coaching Boys into Men. She served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Project Advisory Team for the Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Project, and is currently a content mentor for the AAP’s Leadership Innovation Fostering Engagement (LIFE) Program. When not at work, she keeps busy with family, knitting, and gardening.

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