Violence Medical Unit

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Courses offered by the UMV :

Courses cover theoretical, epidemiological and practical aspects of the problem of interpersonal violence. The disciplines involved include community health, public health and forensic medicine. Emphasis is laid more specifically on violence towards adults and children. "DOTIP" courses (screening, taking into care and counselling of adult victims of violence), are regularly offered to health professionals, socio-educational organizations and the police in particular.

The UMV proposes a CAS of training in medico-legal care in the field of interpersonal violence (in french). The objective of the CAS, the admission requirements, the registration cost and the dates spread out over year 2014 are indicated in this booklet. To register to the CAS, please fill in the registration form.

Main areas of research at the UMV :

Several research projects are currently in progress :

  • "Prevention of domestic violence in the canton of Vaud, 1999-2009: initial assessment". Evaluation of the development of 43 measures proposed in 1999 to institutions and professional and political circles.
  • "Development of children screened by the sentinel network of Vaud paediatricians". Catamnestic study of abused or at-risk children identified in 1999 by the paediatrician’s practice.
  • "That’s enough MAT!" Integrated interdisciplinary screening programme to provide shelter for women victims of violence at the CHUV maternity.
  • "Violence: prevention and consultation advice". Identification of prevention messages to be communicated, study of practices and requirements of consulting nursing staff.

Some recent UMV publications :

  • Troxler, G., Hofner M.Cl., Lutz, N. Bilan à 10 ans d'une série d'enfants victimes avérées ou à risque significatif de maltraitance et impact sur la relation patient-pédiatre. Paediatrica 22 (4) 17-20, 2011
  • Burquier R., Hofner M.-Cl., Romain N., Mangin P. Women victims of severe violence in a swiss clinical sample: a specific population? Journal international de victimologie. 2010
  • Hofner M.-Cl., Burquier R., Huissoud Th., Romain Glassey N., Graz B., Mangin P. Characteristics of victims of violence admitted to a specialized medico legal unit in Switzerland. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 2009
  • Graz B., Plancherel F., Gervasoni J-P. Hofner M.-Cl. La “Bientraitance” exploration du concept et essai d’utilisation en santé publique. Santé publique janvier-février 2009
  • Romain Glassey N., Ansermet C., Hofner M.-Cl., Neuman E., Mangin P. L’unité de Médecine des Violences: une consultation médico-légale assurée par des infirmières. Médecine et droit. Paris 2008
  • Hofner M.-Cl., Milhoubi-Culand S. Die Rolle von Fachpersonen aus des sozial-medizinischen Bereich bei der Prävention von häusliche Gewalt. Frauenfragen- EKF novembre 2008
  • Graz B., Manciaux M. Bientraitance : Revue de la littérature et état des lieux. Ed FCHO, Fribourg, 2007

Articles publiés :

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