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Should GPs screen for domestic violence?

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:h

The high prevalence of domestic violence and its underidentification might support a case for screening all women in general practice, and specifically in antenatal clinics. Richardson et al (p 274) found that 425 of 1035 women had ever experienced physical violence from a partner, yet medical records recorded domestic violence for fewer than one in five women who reported it in a survey. Women pregnant within the previous 12 months were twice as likely to experience current physical violence from a partner.