Abuse, Neglect, and Violence Policy
The CommonSpirit Abuse, Neglect, and Violence policy/procedure guides providers, staff, contract employees, and volunteers on what to do if they believe a patient may be at-risk of experiencing any type of abuse, neglect, or violence, including human trafficking. This policy/procedure applies to both acute and non-acute patient care settings. For an example of this policy/procedure, please contact Holly Gibbs at [email protected].
Abuse, Neglect, and Violence – Reference Guide
The CommonSpirit Abuse, Neglect, and Violence policy/procedure directs providers, staff, contract employees, and volunteers to observe patients for risk factors and indicators of any type of abuse, neglect, or violence, including human trafficking. This reference guide provides a comprehensive overview of definitions, risk factors, verbal/nonverbal indicators, and resources for additional information about various types of abuse, neglect, and violence.
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CommonSpirit PEARR Tool
The PEARR steps are a critical component of the CommonSpirit Abuse, Neglect, and Violence policy/procedure. With support from the CommonSpirit Foundation, the CommonSpirit HT Response Program developed this three-page handout called the “PEARR Tool”, which includes a summary of the PEARR steps, an abbreviated overview of risk factors and indicators for various types of abuse, neglect, and violence, including human trafficking, and a section to insert information about public and private community agencies.
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CommonSpirit Patient Education Brochures and Safety Cards – Human Trafficking
The PEARR steps are based on an approach in which patients are educated and empowered with information about violence and available resources, in a developmentally- and culturally-sensitive manner, before further screening is conducted. The goal is to have an informative conversation with patients – in order to promote health, safety, and well-being, and to create a context for affected patients to naturally share their own experiences and possibly accept further assistance. Use of brochures and safety cards is encouraged when having such sensitive conversations with patients. Click below to access CommonSpirit patient education brochures and safety cards, developed with support from the CommonSpirit Foundation, that are focused on the topic of human trafficking.
Download Dignity Health branded brochures + safety cards
Download CHI branded brochures + safety cards