Detection of intimate partner violence in a general medicine practice

Lenore F. Soglin, Jeanette Bauchat, David F. Soglin, Gary J. Martin

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In this study, an assessment phase is undertaken to determine intimate partner violence (IPV) prevalence. An anonymous survey is followed by a chart review documenting identification of IPV. Two methods are attempted to increase assessment/documentation of IPV: a physician educational intervention and a nursing routine inquiry intervention in one quadrant of the practice. The IPV physician educational intervention includes didactic sessions, an IPV counselor, and resource information. The routine inquiry intervention involves nurses screening female patients for IPV at check-in. IPV is found to be prevalent in a general medicine clinic. An enhanced educational intervention does not increase IPV documentation. A routine inquiry intervention significantly increases documentation of lifetime IPV but does not impact current IPV identification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)338-348
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Detection
  • Domestic violence
  • Intimate partner violence (IPV)
  • Primary care
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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