Every 6 days a woman is killed at the hands of her partner. Victims of intimate partner violence and domestic violence that we see in the ED typically involve an abuse story of repeated escalating violence over time that ends up in a crisis situation.
Universal Screening for Intimate Partner Violence
Start with a normalizing statement
“Because violence is so common in many women’s lives and because there’s help available for women being abused, I now ask every patient about domestic violence.”
The Partner Violence Screen
- Have you been hit, kicked, slapped, punched or otherwise hurt by someone in the past year?
- Do you feel safe in your current relationship?
- Is there a partner from a previous relationship who is making you feel unsafe now?