Summary: H.R.1578 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.1578. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (04/15/2011)

Violence Against Women Health Initiative Act of 2011 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize and revise a program to award grants to strengthen the response of state, tribal, territorial, or local health care systems to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including by: (1) placing the program in the Office of Women's Health; (2) making victim services programs eligible for grants; (3) extending the grant period from two years to 36 months; and (4) including as a mandatory strategy under the grant that health information technology be used to improve documentation, identification, assessment, treatment, and follow-up care.

Reauthorizes and revises a program to provide training to health care professionals on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, including by: (1) placing the program in the Office of Women's Health; (2) including public health staff and allied health professionals in such program; (3) expanding the types of entities eligible for grants; (4) expanding the use of the grants to include developing training for psychology and social work students or providers; and (5) eliminating the matching requirement.

Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 to reauthorize and revise a research program on effective interventions in health care settings that prevent domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault and that prevent the health effects of such violence and improve the safety and health of individuals who are currently being victimized, including by requiring research on: (1) effective health care interventions to domestic and sexual violence and sexual coercion; (2) factors that increase resiliency for children exposed to dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking or individuals who have lifetime exposure to violence and abuse; and (3) effective interventions within community health centers and adolescent health settings.