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J Emerg Med. 2003 Aug;25(2):215-8.

The prevalence of female-to-male intimate partner violence in an urban emergency department.

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Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.


Female-to-male intimate partner violence (IPV) recently has become a recognized health care issue. We screened a heterosexual male Emergency Department population for IPV using the HITS scale, a four-question survey. Two hundred eighty-two men were enrolled in the study. Basic demographics, along with the answers to the HITS scale, were analyzed. Of the men screened, 29.3% had a positive history of IPV. Men who were positive for IPV were more likely to score higher on questions regarding the frequency of verbal aggression than actual or threatened physical violence. This study reinforces the need to screen both genders for IPV in the Emergency Department.

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