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Doctors urged to screen for domestic abuse

(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.