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The NHP Domestic Violence Initiative is committed to raising awareness of domestic violence and helping victims in need.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence, also known as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), refers to a range of controlling and abusive behaviors committed by one's partner, spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or significant other. The abuse may include physical, emotional, or sexual violence as well as attempts to limit the victim's choices around financial resources and cut the victim off from work, family, and other connections.

Abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or income. No matter what, no one deserves to be hurt by anyone.

Domestic Violence Prevention

Domestic Violence prevention is an important part of the NHP Community Benefits Program and it is in line with our mission to identify, develop, and support community resources to improve members' health and meet the needs of the underserved. As part of our multi-year DV initiative, NHP has focused on three areas: funding of existing efforts, developing new programs, and coalition building.

The NHP Domestic Violence Initiative began in 2006, in response to the growing need for a healthcare-based, system-wide response to domestic violence.

New and greater evidence supports the idea that addressing domestic violence in a health care setting has great potential for positive impact(s) on the victim’s care, identification, assistance, and the prevention (or intervention) of future incidents.

As a managed care organization, NHP is in a critical position to address the intersection of health care and partner abuse. To this end, NHP has implemented a multi-year, multi-level DV program that seeks to strengthen internal awareness and resources, create community collaborations, gather data on community needs, and implement best practices. The NHP DV Initiative established both an Advisory Board and an internal Task Force.

Domestic Violence Advisory Board

The NHP Domestic Violence Advisory Board (DVAB) was chartered to assist with the development, expansion, and enhancement of domestic violence programming and resources at local Community Health Centers. The Board is comprised of community leaders chosen for their expertise and NHP staff.

The DVAB members are responsible for:

  • Providing feedback and direction for internal and external initiatives.
  • Ensuring that NHP's commitment to improving the health and well-being of members and the community at large is fully represented at all levels of programming and intervention.

Domestic Violence Advisory Board members include:

  • Carla Bettano, Vice President of Business Development, NHP
  • Ilona Blosfelds, Director of Planning and Development, NHP
  • Sue Chandler, MPH, MSW, Executive Director of DOVE, Inc.
  • Briana Duffy, Vice President of System of Care Strategy and Development at Beacon Health Strategies
  • Leah Gallivan, MSW, MS, Chief Operating Officer of Edward M. Kennedy Health Center
  • Jennifer Kent Weiner, Vice President of Provider Network Management, NHP
  • Annie Lewis-O'Connor, Ph.D., MPH, APRN, Director of Nursing Practice, Center for Women and Newborns, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Sara Nechasek, Senior Project Manager, NHP
  • Joseph Peppe, M.D., Medical Director, NHP
  • Joan Pernice, RNC, MS, Clinical Health Affairs Director, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

Task Force

The internal NHP Domestic Violence Task Force (with representation from various NHP departments) seeks to:

  • Provide information on Domestic Violence to other NHP employees and guide employees to community resources.
  • Increase employee awareness and encourage education about Domestic Violence related issues.
  • Promote volunteerism through our partner Domestic Violence service organizations.
  • Collaborate with Human Resources on efforts to support employees with Domestic Violence resources.

Questions or Feedback?

For questions or feedback about NHP's Domestic Violence Initiative, please contact Sara Nechasek at Please note that this is not an emergency contact. If you need assistance or resources , you can call the Massachusetts domestic violence hotline Safelink at 1-877-785-2020, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger please dial 911.