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Sex Health. 2006 Sep;3(3):179-82.

Can screening for domestic violence be introduced successfully in a sexual health clinic?

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Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital, South-eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service, GPO 1614, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia. anna.mcnulty@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Domestic violence is reported frequently when Australian women are surveyed and is associated with poorer health outcomes on a variety of measures. Routine screening for domestic violence is a strategy designed to both prevent domestic violence and provide an opportunity for early intervention.

METHODS:

Following staff consultation and training, a 1-month pilot of routine screening for domestic violence (RSDV) of all female patients was conducted in a large sexual health clinic.

RESULTS:

Following the evaluation of this pilot, RSDV was introduced in 2003 for all new female patients. Of the 3244 women eligible for screening, 2893 (89%) were screened. Of these, 254 (8.8%) identified domestic violence.

CONCLUSIONS:

Routine screening for domestic violence is feasible in a sexual health clinic population. High screening rates were achieved and high rates of domestic violence were identified, providing an opportunity for intervention.

PMID:
17044223
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