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Letters Intimate partner violence

Authors’ reply to Whitehouse and Fabre

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 18 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3943
  1. Lorna J O’Doherty, honorary fellow1,
  2. Angela Taft, professor2,
  3. Kelsey Hegarty, professor1,
  4. Jean Ramsay, honorary senior research fellow3,
  5. Leslie L Davidson, professor4,
  6. Gene Feder, professor5
  1. 1Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Vic, Australia
  2. 2Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
  3. 3Centre for Primary Health Care and Public Health, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary College, University of London, London, UK
  4. 4Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  5. 5Centre for Academic Primary Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. gene.feder{at}

Unlike Whitehouse, we do not think that our findings will “discourage health professionals from identifying and signposting” as long as they receive regular and sustained training and resources on identification and appropriate responses.1 2 We are definitely not saying that clinicians should sit back and wait for disclosures of intimate partner violence.

We agree with Fabre that case finding …

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