Identifying intimate partner violence when screening for health and lifestyle issues among women attending general practice

 

Author(s) Hegarty, Kelsey L., O�Doherty, Lorna, Astbury, Jill and Jane Gunn
Title Identifying intimate partner violence when screening for health and lifestyle issues among women attending general practice
Source Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2012, Vol.18, pp327-331
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage Victoria, Australia
Summary Participants in this study were recruited from female patients attending general practices in Victoria, Australia. The survey completed by the participants assessed frequency of health and lifestyle issues in the past 12 months. It was found that nearly 13% of women were fearful of a partner and 10% indicated they were feeling down or depressed. The study shows that health professionals working in primary care need to be aware that intimate partner violence is associated with several risk factors for morbidity and mortality in women. The authors suggest that it is appropriate for clinicians to ask about fear of a partner and other research has shown that recurrent enquiry increases the likelihood of disclosure of sensitive health and lifestyle issues. The authors recommend that health professionals need to be trained in communication skills to enable the women to discuss the sensitive issues. The study also found that women were willing to participate in online screening processes.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; IPV; disclosure; screening; prevention
Topic Domestic violence