Consider Universal Education Instead of Direct Assessment

Many providers and advocates who have concerns that reporting requirements are putting patients at risk opt for universal education about IPV instead if direct assessment. Offering and discussing the safety card and resources available with your patient and explaining that you are giving this to all your patients should they ever need it, can be one way to provide the same supportive messages without directly screening for IPV.

Even with universal education, some patients may disclose so it is always important to disclose any limits of confidentiality prior to discussing IPV. 

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