Intimate partner violence: the end of routine screening.


Screening of women patients attending health facilities for past experiences of gender-based violence (GBV) has been widely advocated by leading professional bodies and institutions in many countries as part of the public health response to GBV. There has been, however, considerable disagreement about whether this intervention is useful for women and some bodies have argued that there was insufficient information to support it. This article reflects on what is known in the light of three recent studies that have reported findings from well conducted randomised controlled trials. It argues that we now have very good evidence that routine screening is not a helpful activity. This does not mean that women should not be asked about GBV if it is indicated by their presenting problem. Further, in some services asking all women about GBV experiences is essential for good clinical care, these include counselling HIV+ women and mental health services . IntImate partner vIolence: the end of routIne screenIng

DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60584-X

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@article{Jewkes2013IntimatePV, title={Intimate partner violence: the end of routine screening.}, author={Rachel Jewkes}, journal={Lancet}, year={2013}, volume={382 9888}, pages={190-1} }