WORKING WITH BATTERED WOMEN: A Handbook for Health Care Professionals


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V. REFERRAL


You'll want to prepare a short list of local resources to give to patients who have been battered. It is recommended that the list be printed on a card that can be folded into the size of a business card so that it may be kept out of sight in the patient's wallet or shoe. In small centres, it may be appropriate to include resources in surrounding areas to help ensure the patient's safety and privacy. (In Saskatchewan, such a list exists ready-made in every DirectWest phone book in the province (just show your patient the Abuse Help Lines page near the front—she should already have one in her DirectWest phone book at home), and at HPP Saskatchewan. For help in making such a list anywhere in the world, see the Hot Peach Pages.) Reviewing with the woman what to expect from each of the agencies will make it more likely that she will seek help from one of them.

Resource/Referral List

The list could include names, addresses and telephone numbers for:

  • transition houses (next page)
  • support groups for battered women
  • financial aid
  • victim's services and legal aid
  • multicultural and First Nations services
  • counselling services and crisis lines
  • sexual assault centres
  • police

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