Advanced Search
Current and Breaking News for Professionals, Consumers and Media

Click here to learn how to advertise on this site and for ad rates.

Guest Columnist Author: Ken Bukowski, VP, Healthcare, AlliedBarton Security Services Last Updated: Jul 7, 2016 - 5:36:25 PM

When Domestic Violence Enters a Healthcare Facility

By Ken Bukowski, VP, Healthcare, AlliedBarton Security Services
Jan 13, 2014 - 12:29:30 PM

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Ezine
For Email Marketing you can trust

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

( - Nearly three out of four of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence according to the Allstate Foundation National Poll on Domestic Violence. Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of controlling, assaultive, and/or coercive behaviors that adults and adolescents use against their family members or intimate partners. These behaviors may involve physical, sexual, economic, and/or psychological coercion or abuse and this can happen to anyone.

When a victim of domestic violence visits a healthcare facility the chances of receiving care, assistance and protection increases if the warning signs are clear. Hospital staff needs to be aware of the signs of domestic violence and take proper security precautions when needed if the suspected abuser is present. Domestic violence is also not limited to patients as staff members may encounter domestic violence within their own family.

Security teams play an important role when working alongside hospital staff in a domestic violence situation. Officers should be trained to notice particular physical clues when an individual enters a facility. They may also be the first point of reference for a victim when entering a facility so there should be specific orders in place as to how security should assist the individual.

Secondly, if a perceived victim enters the facility with another individual who may be the abuser, security should take extra precautions in monitoring the situation. Security officers should be trained to handle domestic violence occurrences and de-escalate the situation should an issue arise. Extra security precautions should be taken in the emergency department, especially if the facility is in an area with a high crime rate or gang activity, as they tend to see a higher rate of domestic violence according to The Joint Commission. These precautions can include extra posts for the officers and limiting or screening visitors by wands or conducting bag checks.

The Joint Commission also recommends that medical staff and security work together to evaluate the facility and determine a domestic violence plan. The domestic violence plan should be a part of the overall violence prevention and security management programs. The plan should be evaluated and drills should be conducted at least annually to ensure that procedures, protocols and contacts are current and training is occurring on an ongoing basis.

Ken Bukowski is Vice President of Healthcare at AlliedBarton Security Services, the largest American-owned security officer services company.


For advertising and promotion on, call Mike McCurdy: 877-634-9180 or [email protected] We have over 7,000 journalists as subscribers.


Top of Page

Guest Columnist
Latest Headlines

+ Writing On the Wall: The CFPB’s Aimed at Healthcare Providers – Are You Ready?
+ 3 Reasons Why Water Testing is Critical for Care Providers
+ How Much Medicine Does Healthcare Throw Away Each Year?
+ A Look Into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
+ Why Are Prescription Drugs So Expensive?
+ Healthcare’s 2015 Data Breaches: Why the Cloud Isn’t Responsible
+ Birth Control Coverage Should Always Be Guaranteed
+ How a Hybrid Concierge Program Enabled me to Care for ALL of My Patients
+ A Cardiologist Moves to Concierge Medicine
+ What is Your New Year’s Resolution?

Contact Us | Job Listings | Help | Site Map | About Us
Advertising Information | HND Press Release | Submit Information | Disclaimer

Site hosted by Sanchez Productions