Evidence suggests it is good practice for health care providers to ask women if they are experiencing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on a routine basis. At the same time, our prior research demonstrates that, to be effective, screening programs require institutional support, training for providers, protocols, and access to appropriate external and internal services.
We asked 20 people – health care providers, administrators and researchers – from 8 Toronto teaching hospitals if they screen for IPV and if not, why not.
They shared some barriers that prevent them from performing routine screening:
They also shared some of the factors that make it easier to perform routine screening:
This partial environmental scan is only the beginning, and will be used to help direct future, solutions-based research. You can download the full report, Reaching Out: Asking about partner violence in Toronto teaching hospitals, here.