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Violence and HT Prevention and Response (VHTPR) Initiative

The CommonSpirit HT Response Program is now part of the broader CommonSpirit VHTPR Initiative, a new model for health care systems to comprehensively address multiple issues of violence, including human trafficking. Together, trauma-informed prevention and intervention strategies can reduce violence. To learn more about CommonSpirit’s community-based violence prevention model, please click here for a self-study module. To learn more about CommonSpirit’s HT Response model, please click here for a shared learnings manual.

Additional education such as the “Human Trafficking and Health Care Scenarios” module is available for live education. Please contact Holly Gibbs, System Director HT Response Program, for details at [email protected].

Courses, tools, and more resources


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.

Download the tool

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.

Download the tool

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

  • HT response educational resources
  • Policy & procedure guides

    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.

    Download the tool

    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.

    Download the tool

    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

  • Posters & other resource