Human trafficking is the act of compelling a person to perform labor, services, or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. It is the second fastest-growing criminal industry in the U.S., second only to drug trafficking. In 2018, 85% of Tennessee counties reported cases of human trafficking, with 72% reporting cases of sex trafficking involving a minor. Whether for illness or injury, trafficked persons often seek healthcare during the time they are being exploited, so hospitals are potential access points for help. However, hospital staff and providers may miss the signs of exploitation or respond in a manner that worsens the trafficked person’s situation. The following resources will help hospitals develop effective identification and response procedures.
Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of Healthcare Providers
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1
Intimate partner violence is an epidemic that affects individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Healthcare professionals have a critical role to play in identifying and responding to IPV.
- Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence: Information, technical assistance, education, legal services, emergency financial assistance, public policy advocacy
- Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention
- Strangulation Assessment Card – Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention
- Recommendations for the Medical/Radiographic Evaluation of Acute Adult, Non-Fatal Strangulation – Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention
- Signs and Symptoms of Strangulation – English | Spanish – Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention
- Adult Non-Fatal Strangulation Photo Documentation Protocol (2018) – Secure Digital Forensic Imaging
- TCA 38-1-101. Healthcare providers; certain injuries; reports