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Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in the Health Care Setting  

Author:  Mary Beth Phelan, M.D..; Dr. L. Kevin Hamberger.; Dr. Bruce Ambuel.; Dr. Marie Wolff.

Source: Volume 01, Number 04, Spring 2009 , pp.327-360(34)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is no longer seen as solely within the province of the criminal justice system. It has also been recognized as a major medical issue. Women who have been injured by partners may seek medical treatment in Emergency Departments. This is often an ideal environment to intervene in cases of partner violence. Intervention begins with physicians treating victims of partner violence with compassion and respect, and offering to put them in touch with community resources that can help. But there are a number of barriers to effective IPV intervention in medical settings, including provider and patient barriers. Tools for screening for IPV in medical settings and screening in pediatric, ophthalmology, oral surgery, and infectious disease settings are described.


Affiliations:  1: Medical College of Wisconsin; 2: St. Joseph Family Medicine; 3: Waukesha Family Practice Center; 4: Medical College of Wisconsin.

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