There is a benefit in doctors asking their patients whether or not they have experienced any domestic violence at home.

ID 122477802 © Sarinya Pinngam | Dreamstime.com

Policy group recommends asking patients about domestic violence

November 08, 2018 - 5:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If we have learned anything from the #MeToo movement, it is that women are at risk, perhaps far greater risk than we previously thought, to be victims of violence. 

A major policy group in medicine called the United States Preventive Service Task Force has looked at this and made some key recommendations.

They have recognized that there is a benefit in doctors asking their patients whether or not they have experienced any domestic violence at home. 

Many physicians have been hesitant to ask patients in the past because some might be offended, but the recommendation is for doctors to ask and to mention to the patient that this is a question they ask in a non-judgmental way. 

According to the report, women of reproductive age are at greatest risk of domestic violence.