Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Maltreatment: Implications for the Dental Professional
Assure patients of confidentiality to the extent allowed under the state’s mandatory reporting laws.
Listen to the patient and sit down when talking to patient.
Respond to patient’s feelings.
Acknowledge that disclosure is scary.
Assure patient s/he did the right thing in telling you.
Provide patients with options and resources.
Document the information on the patient’s chart.
File mandatory reports.
Schedule a follow-up visit.1