Given the high prevalence and lifelong negative outcomes of childhood exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians assess and provide intervention for IPV.1 Clinicians must ensure that methods for IPV screening and intervention maximize safety. Leaving an abusive partner increases the risk for intimate partner homicide (IPH)2; children are also at significant risk for homicide in this context.3 Among patients disclosing IPV at an adult emergency department, 61% were at high risk for IPH; children in the home were associated with increased risk.4 To our knowledge, no studies to date examine risk of IPH among adults in pediatric health care settings.
Randell KA, Stallbaumer-Rouyer J, Adams T, Ramaswamy M, Dowd MD. Risk of Intimate Partner Homicide Among Caregivers in an Urban Children’s Hospital. JAMA Pediatr. Published online November 19, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.3222
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