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This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for family violence.
Note: This recommendation was updated for women and older adults in January 2013 as Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults.
Release Date: March 2004
- The USPSTF found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening of parents or guardians for the physical abuse or neglect of children, of women for intimate partner violence, or of older adults or their caregivers for elder abuse.
Grade: I Statement.
Update in Progress
In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of many of its documents for public comment, including draft Research Plans and draft Recommendation Statements. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.
The research team at the Evidence-based Practice Center independently gathers and reviews the available published evidence to address the questions posed by the USPSTF. The resulting draft Evidence Report is critiqued by national subject matter experts before being finalized.
|Evidence Report||Related Items|
|Evidence Report (PDF File, 166 KB; PDF Help)||Evidence Synthesis (PDF File, 1.06 MB; PDF Help)|
The USPSTF reviews the Evidence Report, evaluates the benefits and harms of the clinical preventive service, and discusses and develops one or more preliminary specific recommendations. The resulting draft Recommendation Statement is posted on this Web site for public comment before being finalized.
|Recommendation Statement||Related Items|
|Draft Recommendation Statement for Public Comment*
(January 22–February 18, 2013)
|Consumer Fact Sheet (PDF File, 78 KB; PDF Help)|
*Note: Draft Recommendation Statements are by their nature not final, and should not be interpreted as to represent official USPSTF recommendations for practice. Draft Recommendation Statements are provided by the USPSTF for informational purposes only.
Current as of February 2013
Screening for Family Violence, Topic Page. February 2013. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsfamv.htm