Studies show that intimate partner violence (IPV) affects the physical and mental health of victims and the children who witness it. Because IPV is widespread and the consequences, acute and chronic, are serious, health care organizations have encouraged providers to identify patients experiencing IPV and refer them to local resources. To date a number of screening tools have been validated, but research is limited on how provider identification impacts the health and quality of life of IPV victims. Several best practice guidelines have been developed to guide providers in the identification and management of IPV. Research demonstrates that training alone is insufficient to ensure that providers screen for IPV. Rather, systemwide approaches that incorporate prompts about screening, formal training with tool kits, referral resources and routine consultation, and timely feedback with providers on the initiative or program have been the most successful.
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