Policymaking Under Uncertainty: Routine Screening for Intimate Partner Violence

Rada K. Dagher, Mary A. Garza, Katy Backes Kozhimannil

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant public health issue affecting around three million U.S. women during their lifetimes; this article provides guidance to policymakers on addressing IPV. In 2011, an Institute of Medicine panel recommended routine IPV screening for women and adolescents as part of comprehensive preventive care services, which is in conflict with the 2004 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations. The current evidence base for policymaking suffers weaknesses related to study design, which should be addressed in future research. Meanwhile, policymakers should consider available evidence in their settings, assess local needs, and make recommendations where appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)730-749
Number of pages20
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Dr. Mary A. Garza was supported, in part, through her Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01CA140358). Dr. Katy Backes Kozhimannil’s work was supported by the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Grant (K12HD055887) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and administered by the University of Minnesota Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health.

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  • USPSTF recommendations
  • intimate partner violence
  • routine screening


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