Domestic Abuse

This website is intended to assist affiliated healthcare professionals of Stanford University Medical Center and the surrounding community with questions about possible management of patient and co-worker domestic abuse and violence.

Definition from California Attorney General 

Domestic violence often involves a pattern of coercive behavior that includes physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and psychological abuse. The California Penal Code defines abuse as “intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent, serious bodily injury to himself, herself or another.”

Note: California State has a separate patient
Screening Law and a Reporting Law

Here you will find simple and practical how-to information about:

  • screening patients for domestic abuse
  • legal reporting requirements and forms
  • patient referral contacts
  • patient handouts in multiple languages
  • educational resources and references
  • news and events about SUMC and community domestic abuse prevention
  • guidance on being supportive of co-workers  who may have this issue

Do you have an immediate problem?

Social Work
SHC 723-5091
LPCH 497-8303


Palo Alto Police

Risk Management

If sexual assault is involved with a patient, do NOT do an exam. Have security escort patient to Emergency Department. From there police will escort patient to Valley Medical Center for a forensic exam and counseling, without charge.
SART (Sexual Assault Response Team)
Age 12+ (408) 885-5000
Age <12 (408) 885-6460

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