Screening is 'not effective' in the fight against domestic violence
13 May 2014
No evidence to support screening for domestic violence, according to new paper published in the BMJ (13th May)
The study team, from the Universities of Bristol, Melbourne, La Trobe, COlumbia and Queen Mary in London reviewed all randomised trials globally that assessed the effectiveness of intimate partner violence screening in primary care, antenatal care and emergency medicine departments. Results of the meta analysis offered no evidence that screening increased referrals to domestic violence support services, nor reduced violence or improved quality of life and other outcomes for domestic violence survivors.