The mission of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Task Force is to raise awareness of the incidence of IPV in the surgical community, educate surgeons to recognize the signs and consequences of IPV in themselves and their colleagues, provide resources for survivors, including prevention and escape strategies, and create resources and curricula in partnership with other national professional and educational organizations to instruct about how to recognize IPV in colleagues and trainees.
The following core values inform the mission of the task force:
- Respect and compassion for ourselves and our colleagues.
- Inclusion of all members of the surgical community through years of training and practice, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, training level, culture, religion, race, or ethnicity.
- Support and understanding of individuals who are presented with life choices and challenges without clear solutions, including supporting those who remain in difficult situations.
The task force has established the following goals and objectives to guide their efforts:
- Raise awareness about IPV in the surgical profession.
- Establish the incidence of IPV among surgeons.
- Develop strategies to support surgeons affected by IPV and to assist with referrals to IPV support resources.
- Establish educational programs for the surgical profession on how to identify and support survivors of IPV.
- Develop peer-to-peer intervention training programs.
- Develop an IPV survivor toolkit for use by surgical societies and surgical training programs.
- Partner with other committees and organizations to develop primary prevention and intervention strategies.
Initial work of the Task Force includes: