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J Perinatol. 2012 Oct;32(10):763-9. doi: 10.1038/jp.2011.188. Epub 2012 Feb 2.

Domestic violence screening of obstetric triage patients in a military population.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA 23708, USA. malutgendorf@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective was to estimate the self-reported prevalence of domestic violence in a pregnant military population presenting for emergency care, and to determine the acceptability of domestic violence screening.

STUDY DESIGN:

A prospective observational survey of patients presenting for obstetric emergency care. Women were anonymously screened for domestic violence using the Abuse Assessment Screen.

RESULT:

A total of 499 surveys were distributed, with 26 duplicate surveys. After excluding the 12 blank surveys, a total of 461 surveys were included in the final analysis. The lifetime prevalence of domestic violence (including physical, emotional and sexual abuse) was 22.6% (95% CI=19.0 to 26.4) with 4.1% (95% CI=2.3-6.0) of women reporting physical abuse in the past year and 2.8% (95% CI=1.3-4.3) reporting abuse since becoming pregnant. The majority of women 91.8% (95% CI=88.7-94.2) were not offended by domestic violence screening and 88.8% (95% CI=82.0-88.9) felt that patients should be routinely screened.

CONCLUSION:

The self-reported prevalence of domestic violence in a pregnant military population presenting for emergency care was 22.6%. Most women are not offended by domestic violence screening and support routine screening.

PMID:
22301524
DOI:
10.1038/jp.2011.188
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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