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December 12, 2012

Partner Violence Screening and Women’s Quality of Life—Reply

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada (Dr Wathen; nwathen@uwo.ca); and Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Dr MacMillan).

JAMA. 2012;308(22):2334-2336. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14879

In Reply: More than a decade ago, Linda Saltzman, PhD, a pioneer in the field of IPV prevention, said that “it is not possible to make inferences about the effect of screening without data.”1(p551) Data now exist from 2 randomized controlled trials of IPV screening, both of which show no benefit.2,3 However, there remains resistance to moving beyond screening, as reflected in the letters by Dr Fanslow and Dr Lazarus and colleagues.

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