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Medical News and Perspectives
August 2, 2000

Is Domestic Violence Screening Helpful?

JAMA. 2000;284(5):551-553. doi:10.1001/jama.284.5.551

From 1993 through 1998, a period when professional medical organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that physicians screen female patients for intimate partner abuse, violence against women by their intimate partners declined by 21%, according to the US Department of Justice.

Experts in the prevention of intimate partner violence would like to know whether medical screening accounted for some of this reported decline. Unfortunately, said Linda Saltzman, PhD, a senior scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a recent interview, "we have no data that would help us answer that."

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