Domestic violence screening: when will we get it right?

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Abstract

Domestic violence (DV) is a major health and human rights problem across the globe that causes serious mental and physical health consequences. Regulatory agencies and accrediting organizations include universal screening among required standards for hospitals and ambulatory clinics. Yet we are still failing to identify women suffering from DV and provide them with the resources and care they need. This commentary looks at a study of universal screening in a hospital in Israel and calls for a shift in focus from the question of whether we are screening and why to how we are educating healthcare providers about DV and interventional research for women experiencing DV.

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