Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Primary Care Practice

Leigh Kimberg, MD

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Conclusion

If done confidentially and compassionately, intimate partner violence screening is acceptable to patients. Screening for intimate partner violence increases the detection of intimate partner violence and may increase the quality and efficiency of care provided to victims/survivors and their children. We have enough evidence to justify screening for intimate partner violence. We certainly cannot justify not screening for intimate partner violence. We must find the compassion, the words, and the actions to respond to victims and survivors of violence and promote healing. Ultimately, individual and public healthcare practitioners and institutions must find ways to help to prevent intimate partner violence and other violence. Screening for intimate partner violence and other forms of violence is an important first step in participating in this essential cultural change.

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