Iowa City VA Health Care System
White Ribbon-VA Campaign
The Iowa City VA Health Care System is proud to be one of the early adopters of the White Ribbon-VA, in support of the national Stand Up to Stop Harassment Now! Campaign. The White Ribbon-VA campaign aligns with Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. The aim of White Ribbon-VA is to eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence in VA Healthcare settings and communities to promote a positive change in the culture.
White Ribbon-VA asks people to proudly wear white ribbons as a sign of their pledge to never to commit, excuse, or stay silent about sexual harassment, sexual assault, or domestic violence against others.
As many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are impacted by intimate partner violence in their lifetimes, and Veterans may be at a higher risk than the civilian population. Understanding this need, the VA developed the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Assistance Program. IPV programs are a public health issue and offered at every VA medical center and provides person-centered, trauma informed, and recovery-oriented services to enhance safety, reduce risk, and promote healthy relationships for Veterans, their partners, as well as VHA employees.
The healthcare setting is recognized as the best place to identify those who are experiencing and/or using IPV in order to provide education, resources, and intervention. We know that providing these services can lead to more holistic care and reduce healthcare costs. The IPVAP is leading the nation in making this happen. Veterans served our country, now it's our turn to serve them.
VAPAHCS Local White Ribbon VA Champion: Robert Otto, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, 319338-0581 extension 635868
National DV Hotline: 1-800-799-7233