Final Recommendation Statement Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen women of childbearing age for intimate partner violence (IPV), such as domestic violence, and provide or refer women who screen positive to intervention services. This recommendation statement provides information on several screening instruments that can be used to screen women for IPV. Those with the highest levels of sensitivity and specificity are Hurt, Insult, Threaten, Scream (HITS); Ongoing Abuse Screen/Ongoing Violence Assessment Tool (OAS/OVAT); Slapped, Threatened, and Thrown (STaT); Humiliation, Afraid, Rape, Kick (HARK); Modified Childhood Trauma Questionnaire–Short Form (CTQ-SF); and Woman Abuse Screen Tool (WAST).


U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2013

Evidence Rating: III

Cost: Free

Additional Info:


Intimate Partner Violence

Perinatal Periods:

Parenting Postpartum Pre-/Inter-conception Prenatal

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Clinical Guidelines/Expert Recommendations for Providers Screening Tools and Protocols

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