Intimate Partner Violence Screening Behaviors of Primary Care Providers: The Necessity for a Change

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A significant number of women in the United States (U.S.) are physically, sexually, or emotionally abused by a partner or former partner every year. Young adult females are most likely to experience intimate partner violence (IPV), with prevalence rates for this group double the overall average. Many of these women will experience serious physical and psychological health consequences. Despite this, IPV reporting rates are extremely low, especially among college women. In response, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and many health care organizations have recommended universal screening for all women of child-bearing age; however compliance with this recommendation remains low.