A Public Health Seminar, delivered on Monday, April 18, 2011, titled: "Intimate Partner Violence:
Identification and Interventions Current Research", delivered by Debra Houry, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Injury Control Vice Chair for Research, Emergency Medicine Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Recent systematic reviews have noted a lack of evidence that screening for intimate partner violence does more good than harm. Dr. Houry will talk about her study using a computer kiosk for identification and referral of intimate partner violence in the ED setting resulted in safety behaviors or contact with referrals. Her team conducted a prospective, observational study in which a convenience sample of male and female ED patients triaged to the waiting room who screened positive (on a computer kiosk-based questionnaire) for intimate partner violence were provided with resources and information and invited to participate in a series of follow-up interviews. At 1-week and 3-month follow-up visits, they assessed intimate partner violence, safety issues, and use of resources. In addition, to obtain an objective measure of safety, we assessed the number of violence-related 911 calls to participant addresses within a call district 6 months before and 6 months after the index ED visit. The team found there were no identified adverse events related to screening, and many had contacted community resources.
University of California, Irvine