Journal article

Screening women for intimate partner violence in healthcare settings

Lorna O'Doherty, Kelsey Hegarty, Jean Ramsay, Leslie L Davidson, Gene Feder, Angela Taft

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Intimate partner violence (IPV) damages individuals, their children, communities, and the wider economic and social fabric of society. Some governments and professional organisations recommend screening all women for IPV rather than asking only women with symptoms (case-finding). Here, we examine the evidence for whether screening benefits women and has no deleterious effects. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of screening for IPV conducted within healthcare settings on identification, referral, re-exposure to violence, and health outcomes for women, and to determine if screening causes any harm. SEARCH METHODS: On 17 February 2015, we searched CENTRAL, Ovid MEDLINE, Embase..

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