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."
Is Domestic Violence Screening Helpful?. JAMA. 2000;284(5):551-553. doi:10.1001/jama.284.5.551