Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Screening
Release Date: January 2013
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 for 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
- Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults - Consumer Fact Sheet (2013)
- Information to share with your patient on Domestic Violence from www.healthfinder.gov
- Information to share with your patient on Taking Steps to Protect Themselves from Relationship Violence from www.healthfinder.gov
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: Recommendation Summary. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2014.