360. Violence and Abuse

360.996 Violence in Society


CMS urges our community leaders to support the creation of a comprehensive and accessible network of mental health services and crisis intervention capabilities in order to divert emotionally or mentally disturbed individuals from violence to a support system that can identify and address their potentially harmful actions.
(RES-6-P, AM 2012; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014)


360.997 Colorado Medical Society Condemns Terrorism


The Colorado Medical Society stands with the United States Government, and all concerned people everywhere, to condemn those who commit terrorism and cause loss of human life.
(Late RES-24, AM 2001; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014)


360.998 Domestic Violence


The Colorado Medical Society supports efforts to change existing laws and regulations regarding domestic violence to:

  1. Improve immunity for physicians;
  2. Mandate that the plaintiff cover legal fees for physicians acting in good faith;
  3. Protect physicians from ethical complaints for breaking physician/patient confidentiality when reporting domestic violence;
  4. Clarify the duty to report in a manner that recognizes the need for flexibility and protection for reasonable failure to report; and
  5. Refine the definition of what is to be reported.

(RES-42, AM 1993; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014)


360.999 Domestic Abuse


The Colorado Medical Society encourages and supports the education of physicians about proper ways to recognize, report, treat and refer domestic violence victims.
(RES-8, IM 1993; Reaffirmed, BOD-1, AM 2014)