The National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (NHCVA) is comprised of more than 30 national professional health associations, dedicated to reducing and addressing the health consequences of violence, in all forms, and abuse. Learn more about NHCVA and view a list of member associations. NHCVA offers free resources and  webinars featuring experts on key topics in health and domestic/sexual violence. For more information, please contact us.

Updates and Action Alerts

Virtual Briefing on Intersection of Reproductive Health and Violence and Abuse

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we held our virtual briefing on October 31, 2022 to hear from researchers, health professionals, and advocates on the impact of domestic and sexual violence on reproductive health and discuss bipartisan policy solutions to support survivors. Health care providers play a critical role in decreasing risk for unplanned pregnancy and supporting pregnant people that may have been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused.

Click here to see the webinar.

Featured Speakers:

-Jennifer Villavicencio, MD, MPP, FACOG, Lead for Equity Transformation, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

-Maeve Wallace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology, Tulane University

-Virginia Duplessis, MSW, Director, National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Futures Without Violence

-Sandra Henriquez, MBA, CEO, VALOR

-(Moderator) Camille Burnett, Ph.D., MPA, Chair, National Collaboration on Violence and Abuse and Vice-President for the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International

For additional information, please contact Sally Schaeffer, consultant, at sally@uncorkedadvocates.com,
or Lisa James, Director of Health at Futures Without Violence, at ljames@futureswithoutviolence.org

Surgeon General’s Advisory on Mental Health

A Surgeon General’s Advisory is a public statement that calls the American people’s attention to an urgent public health issue and provides recommendations for how it should be addressed. Advisories are reserved for significant public health challenges that need the nation’s immediate awareness and action. This Advisory offers recommendations for supporting the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults.  While many of these recommendations apply to individuals, the reality is that people have widely varying degrees of control over their circumstances. As a result, not all recommendations will be feasible for everyone. That’s why systemic change is essential. The Advisory includes essential recommendations for the institutions that surround young people and shape their day-to-day lives—schools, community organizations, health care systems, technology companies, media, funders and foundations, employers, and government. They all have an important role to play in supporting the mental health of children and youth. For additional background and to read other Surgeon General’s Advisories, visit SurgeonGeneral.gov.

Academy of Violence and Abuse (AVA) statement on Gender Affirming Care for Children and Adolescents

“The Academy on Violence and Abuse strongly opposes the actions by the State of Texas, or any State, to withhold, or to criminalize, gender-affirming care for children and adolescents. Countless studies and peer-reviewed articles have shown the benefits of this care.  To withhold it is medical neglect, and constitutes emotional child abuse, by the state’s own definition; the emotional harm to persons denied care is well documented…” View Statement.

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