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Intimate Partner Violence: Development of a Brief Risk Assessment for the Emergency Department

General Material
Published Date
January, 2009

Abstract: “Women assaulted by intimate partners are frequently patients in emergency departments. Many victims and health care providers fail to take into account the potential risks of repeat partner violence. The objective of this study was to use data from a larger study of domestic violence risk assessment methods to develop a brief assessment for acute care settings to identify victims at highest risk for suffering severe injury or potentially lethal assault by an intimate partner or former partner... This instrument can help predict which victims may be at increased risk for severe injury or potentially lethal assault and can aid clinicians in differentiating which patients require comprehensive safety interventions.”