College of Medicine and Center for Prevention team-up to fight abuse

Mar 19, 2013

The U of I College of Medicine Peoria is teaming-up with the Center for Prevention of Abuse. The goal is to train medical students to identify and treat victims of abuse. College of Medicine Dean, Dr. Sara Rusch says the program will use patient actors to represent symptoms of abuse. 

“Idea is to start recognizing that abuse is a public health problem; so that you look at it by identifying it, testing different strategies, implementing those strategies and disseminating those across the community,” says Rusch.

 The Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria partners with local hospitals to provide 24/7 support to victims of all types of abuse. 

The program announcement comes the same day the Center announced it annual award recipients. The 2013 Partners in Peace Award winners are Methodist and O-S-F Saint Francis Medical Centers, and Pekin and Proctor Hospitals. The four hospitals are recognized for their work identifying and treating victims of abuse.