Background: Intimate partner violence (IPV) and reproductive coercion (RC) can result in serious psychological, social and physical harm. Screening patients for IPV/RC has the potential to identify and assist patients who may not otherwise discuss this with a health practitioner. Targeted screening for those with a range of specific presentations including many sexual and reproductive health issues has been recommended, but universal screening has not. Methods: The implementation and evaluation of a screening program for IPV and RC in an urban sexual and reproductive health clinic is described. Results: The program enabled patients who had been exposed to IPV and/or RC to receive assistance and support. Screening was highly acceptable to patients, and the reception and clinical staff became both highly supportive of screening and increasingly confident to assist patients who were exposed to IPV and/or RC. Conclusion and implications for public health: This program could be adapted for use in a number of healthcare settings and lead to positive health outcomes.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2022|