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Brief intervention in emergency department does not reduce partner violence in women, US study shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4205 (Published 05 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4205
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

A brief motivational intervention delivered during a hospital emergency department visit to women who drink heavily and experience violence from their intimate partner had no significant effect on their drinking or incidence of partner violence, a US randomised trial reported in JAMA has shown.1

Heavy drinking is closely associated with intimate partner violence, both as perpetrator and recipient. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, explored whether a brief motivational intervention designed to improve motivation and empowerment, delivered during a visit to a hospital emergency department, would reduce heavy drinking and the risk of violence in women.

The study included 600 women aged 18 to 64 who exceeded safe drinking limits, experienced partner violence, and attended one …

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