ACOG recommends that physicians screen ALL patients for intimate partner violence.
For women who are not pregnant, screening should occur:
For women who are pregnant, screening should occur at various times over the course of the pregnancy because some women do not disclose abuse the first time they are asked and abuse may begin later in pregnancy.
Screening should occur:
Domestic violence screening can be conducted by making the following statement and asking these three simple questions.
"Because violence is so common in many women's lives and because there is help available for women being abused, I now ask every patient about domestic violence:
Alicia Luchowski, MPH
Health Care for Underserved Women/ LARC Program
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024-2188 | Mailing Address: PO Box 70620, Washington, DC 20024-9998