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Doctors urged to screen for domestic abuse

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(LOS ANGELES TIMES) Women of childbearing age should undergo screening for domestic violence and other forms of abuse while visiting their doctor or clinic, according to a recommendation published online Monday by an influential panel of medical experts that advises the federal government.

That recommendation, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, marks a significant change from 2004 when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found insufficient evidence to support screenings for so-called intimate partner violence, or IPV.

Now, citing new evidence, the task force said that screening women for IPV with a list of standard questions showed a “moderate net benefit,” while the risks associated with disclosing abuse were small.

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