Screening for domestic violence: The ‘evidence’ dilemma.

Webster, Joan (2006) Screening for domestic violence: The ‘evidence’ dilemma. Contemporary Nurse: health care across the lifespan, 21(2), pp. 163-164.

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Initial calls for universal screening for domestic violence by health care workers date back over two decades (Hillard 1985). During the early 1990’s the agenda was subsequently driven by the introduction of medical and nursing guidelines supporting the procedure (Braham et al 1992, ACOG Technical Bulletin 1995). These guidelines provided a health related rationale for screening and screening methods and tools that were tailored for use in health care settings. Since that time and despite a general reluctance by health care providers, the momentum for routine screening has increased. This is partly because governments, both state and national, have made domestic violence prevention a major priority and have supported the introduction of screening programs into health care facilities (Webster 1994) and partly due to a changing cultural perception of domestic violence as both an important criminal and public health issue (Webster 1996).

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ID Code: 3828
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: partner violence, domestic violence, nursing, midwifery
ISSN: 1037-6178
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:31

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