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Authors

  1. Day, Suzanne RN, BSN, MA
  2. Fox, Jolene RN, AD
  3. Majercik, Sarah MD
  4. Redmond, Floresha K. MSW-LCSW
  5. Pugh, Mary MSN, FNP-BC
  6. Bledsoe, Joseph MD, FACEP

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to design and implement a domestic violence (DV) screening protocol. Trauma patients meeting inclusion criteria (hospitalized > 48 hours) were given a four question DV screen. If abuse was found, a comprehensive DV questionnaire followed. Barriers to screening and results were recorded. Compliance during the pilot test showed 23 of 157 (14.6%) admitted patients were screened. In the implementation year, 446 of 721 (61.9%) were screened. During the 10-month follow-up, 499 of 619 (80.6%) patients were screened. Lack of social work resources was the primary barrier to screening, but compliance increased and was maintained after the study period.