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What’s the Harm in Asking? Screening for Domestic Violence in Health-care Settings, 2013 Symposium on Violence Against Women & Health-care

Toronto, Ontario
March 7, 2013

12:00-4:00 p.m.
Ontario Power Generation Building, 700 University Avenue

Join health-care providers to explore screening for abuse in health-care settings to identify and address woman abuse.

Recent studies continue to indicate that approaches like routine universal screening and asking questions about abuse are important steps in addressing woman abuse and should be standard practice for nurses and other practitioners in all health-care settings.

Nurses and other health-care professionals are in a unique position to assist women who are experiencing domestic violence. A medical encounter may provide the only opportunity to intervene.


  • Why it is important to screen for domestic violence
  • How to ask the right questions
  • What steps are needed to integrate screening into your health-care organization

Speakers include:

  • Patricia O’Campo, Director, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Kathleen Fitzgerald, Manager, Sexual Assault/Partner Abuse & SafeKids Programs, Lake of the Woods District Hospital
  • Rebecca Steinhoff, Emergency Department Social Worker, St. Michael's Hospital
  • Rita Chin, Registered Nurse and Project Manager for Releasing Time to Care, High Risk Antenatal Unit, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Sheila Sprague, PhD(Cand), Research Program Manager, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, McMaster University

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Registration fee

  • Rate:  $25
  • Student and unemployed rate: $15
  • Mount Sinai employees: No fee

To register please visit

For more information, contact Suhail Rafiq:

A project of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Violence Against Women Awareness Committee, a Human Rights & Health Equity committee