The transformation from
victim to survivor.


An inside look at best practices at
a major Baltimore medical center.

Law Enforcement

Ride with officers in Duluth, MN, Baltimore, MD and the Bronx, NY.


Conversations with battered
women's movement leaders.

Timed chapter summaries


Chapter DVD start times are in parenthesis.

Introduction  (00:00)

Colleen Moore: The Coordinator   (1:06)

Colleen Moore coordinates the Family Violence Response Program at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.  The program helps the hospital respond effectively to patients who are victims of domestic violence and als0 links patients with services they need in the community

Jacquelyn Campbell: The Expert  (2:24)

Interview with Jacquelyn Campbell, of Johns Hopkins University, on the health impact of domestic violence.

In the ER  (3:40)

Domestic violence response in the ER.   All patients are asked three questions related to personal safety.

Doctors and nurses in action.

Dr. Stephen Schenkel, ER Chair, emphasizes how important it is to have follow up in place —

a screening policy isn’t enough.

A discussion of how screening should be effectively conducted.

Confidentiality is essential.

Obstetrics and Gynecology  (10:19)

Interview with Dr. Robert Atlas, Ob/Gyn chair.   One in eight women face abuse during pregnancy, and the risk of abuse increases while a woman is pregnant.

Added comments by Moore, Campbell.

Sexual Assault Forensics  (12:56)

Interview with Debra Holbrooke, head of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination unit.  Using an alternative light source to identify strangulation.

Community Outreach  (15:19)

Moore travels to and attends a meeting of the Baltimore Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board.   Her work in the community emphasizes that the health care system is an important part of a coordinated community response.

Taking Action (16:47)
Suggestions for health care providers that want to start up a domestic violence program.

Campbell talks about the costs of not taking action.

Moore mentions specific steps doctors can take: focusing on better documentation, putting literature in visible, accessible places, and partnering with outside DV groups.


Interviews and their length in minutes in parenthesis.

Colleen Moore (2:30)

Best practices  in screening for domestic abuse.

Debra Holbrook (5:00)

On the work of the Sexual Assault Forensics Examination unit at Mercy.

Jacquelyn Campbell  (5:48)

Discussion of the health impact of domestic violence.

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