DV/IPV Elder Abuse/Neglect

Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults

Greetings from San Diego, where I am teaching for the Army this week. I hope everyone had a good conference! This year’s was incredibly successful from my vantage point, although I had to leave a day early–I know my sessions were packed, and we had terrific conversation in all three of them. Great getting to talk with so many of you in Reno. If you didn’t get to attend, hopefully, you’ll be able to join us next year in New Orleans. It’s always a good use of your time and resources.

Just in time to close out Domestic Violence Awareness Month, JAMA published the new recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force on Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults. For my money, the accuracy of screening tools is probably one of the most important aspects of the statement, but the entire thing is worth the read.

Canadian’s, I looked for your equivalent statement, and it appears that the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care released their document in 2013; I don’t see anything more recent. The US and Canadian Task Forces do not come to the same conclusions, but there is a 5-year difference in their authorship, so any comparison isn’t a fair one. If a more recent document exists, please let me know and I will get it posted. Happy to publicize any other countries’ recommendations, as well, so send them my way or post a link in the comments below.


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