Should health workers confront patients who they suspect of abusing their partners?
Although there is growing recognition that clinicians have a responsibility to address domestic violence, most interventions have focused on survivors, and many clinicians remain hesitant to intervene. New research suggests that most young men want their doctors to ask if they had perpetrated intimate partner violence, but experts caution that intervening with patients who are abusive may endanger their partners.
Addressing domestic violence in practice can be controversial, as intervening with patients who are abusive may endanger their partners. Are you for or against addressing potential perpertrators of domestic violence in clinical practice?
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