US task force updates screening recommendations for intimate partner violence

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The US Preventive Services Task Force has released its updated recommendations on screening for family violence. The USPSTF recommends “that clinicians screen women of childbearing age for intimate partner violence, such as domestic violence, and provide or refer women who screen positive to intervention services.”

However the USPSTF “concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening all elderly or vulnerable adults (physically or mentally dysfunctional) for abuse and neglect.”

Read the full Recommendations Statement (html)

Read the Consumer Fact Sheet (PDF, 67 KB)  

The recommendations are based on
Screening women for intimate partner violence: a systematic review to update the 2004 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations (html) 

Read more about the development of these recommendations