ANA Position Statement - 3/24/00
The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports education of nurses,
healthcare providers and women in skills necessary for prevention of
violence against women; assessment of women in healthcare institutions
and community settings; and research on violence against women. ANA
believes there is a critical need for attention to and increased
awareness of the problems of violence against women by all healthcare
providers in order to reduce immediate and long term physical and
psychological injuries that are associated with this crime. Through
knowledge and clinical skills, nurses can engage in the assessment,
intervention and prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Further, ANA supports a coordinated, interdisciplinary community-based
focus using Healthy People 2010 objectives and other research that
promote surveillance, prevention and intervention for violent behavior
as priority issues for the nation.