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Am J Prev Med. 2019 Dec;57(6):862-872. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.07.003.

Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Intervention: The American College of Preventive Medicine Position Statement.

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Department of Medicine, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada. Electronic address:
Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.
Center for Family Health, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, California.
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri.


The purpose of this paper is to produce a position statement on intimate partner violence (IPV), a major sociomedical problem with recently updated evidence, systematic reviews, and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines. This position statement is a nonsystematic, rapid literature review on IPV incidence and prevalence, health consequences, diagnosis and intervention, domestic violence laws, current screening recommendations, barriers to screening, and interventions, focusing on women of childbearing age (15-45 years). The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) recommends an integrated system of care approach to IPV for screening, identification, intervention, and ongoing clinical support. ACPM only recommends screening that is linked to ongoing clinical support for those at risk. ACPM recommends greater training of clinicians in IPV screening and interventions and offers health systems and research recommendations.

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