Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Background Context

  • The World Health Organization [WHO] continues to recognize as part of Primary Health Care, that screening for abuse in all health care settings is instrumental in identifying and raising awareness of this public health problem.
  • Within all health care settings nurses and other health professionals are in a privileged position to assist women experiencing intimate partner violence.
  • Screening approaches like routine universal screening should be standard practice for nurses and other health care practitioners in all health care settings.
Women and Children
Woman Abuse: Screening, Identification and Initial Response
Background Information