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Universal screening programs can uncover abuse, study finds
Date:3/7/2011

ening rates provided immediate access to support services for such things as mental health, housing, health care, employment and legal issues. Some programs had onsite case managers; others made immediate referrals to community agencies.

"It is not helpful to ask a patient to disclose that she's experiencing violence and then to have no service or help to offer her," the paper said. "Health care providers need to have support service providers on site or to have good connections to services outside the hospital so women get the help they need immediately."

"Successful screening programs had support services in place for individuals who disclosed IPV, including, but not limited to, mental health services, safe shelters or transitional housing, health care, employment assistance and legal services."

O'Campo said she would like to see more screening for abuse,

"Intimate partner violence tends tends to be a hidden problem," O'Campo said. "When health care providers screen properly, women are willing to disclose and get the help they need. Especially in a place like Canada, where almost every woman has a doctor and has health insurance, universal screening is a perfect way to get to everybody."

The World Report on Violence and Health estimated that 22 to 30 per cent of women in North America and Britain suffer physical assault at least once in their lifetime.


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Contact: Leslie Shepherd
shepherdl@smh.ca
416-864-6094
St. Michael's Hospital
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