The health consequences associated with domestic violence often bring women who are experiencing abuse into contact with health-care professionals. While women experiencing violence may not call the police or access other community services, they are likely to have contact with a health professional. Primary care, reproductive health and child health-care providers are also positioned to identify and prevent domestic violence.
This document was developed to promote our position on the components of an effective approach to intimate partner violence in health-care settings. The document recommends screening women for intimate partner violence, education and training for health practitioners, and the creation of referral pathways for survivors of violence.