Medical Treatment of Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and Its Applicability to Victims of Human Trafficking. Conclusion


While further research and evaluation is needed to specifically identify how healthcare procedures and protocols that currently exist for assessing and treating victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can be used to support victims of human trafficking, given the similar trauma experienced by these populations, these procedures and protocols currently serve as the best foundation on which to begin to identify successful ways of working with victims of human trafficking within healthcare settings.  Given the serious and often co-morbid medical and mental health consequences of human trafficking, it is imperative that the healthcare industry begin to establish comprehensive protocols and procedures to adequately care for this population.  By building on the accomplishments of and lessons learned from the domestic violence field, important advances can be made to improve proper identification and provide appropriate services for victims of human trafficking.

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