Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Screening
Release Date: January 2013
This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.
Summary of Recommendations and Evidence
|Women of Childbearing Age|
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen women of childbearing age for intimate partner violence (IPV), such as domestic violence, and provide or refer women who screen positive to intervention services.
Go to Clinical Considerations or more information on effective interventions.
|The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.|
|Elderly or Vulnerable Adults|
The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening all elderly or vulnerable adults (physically or mentally dysfunctional) for abuse and neglect.
Go to Clinical Considerations for suggestions for practice regarding the I statement.
|The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the service. Evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.|
Related Information for Consumers
Related Information for Health Professionals
- Screening for Intimate Partner Violence & Abuse of Elderly & Vulnerable Adults - Clinical Summary of USPSTF Recommendation, 2013
- Hurt, insulted, Threatened with Harm and Screamed (HiTS) - Domestic Violence Screening Tool
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resource Page on Intimate Partner Violence
- Woman Abuse Screening Tool (WAST)
Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. July 2015.