Prevention and treatment of violence against women: systematic review & recommendations.

MacMillan H L, Wathen C N, with the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care
Record ID 32003000574
Authors' objectives:

This report aims to summarize what is known about the distribution and determinants of violence against women, and evaluate the evidence for effectiveness of any intervention aimed at preventing violence against women.

Authors' recomendations: Based on evidence to date, there is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against screening for violence against non-pregnant or pregnant women. This is distinct from the need for clinicians to include questions about exposure to domestic violence as part of their diagnostic assessment of women. This information is important in caring for the patient, and may influence assessment and treatment of other health problems. There is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against any specific interventions for women exposed to violence, other than referral to postshelter advocacy counseling, although suitable programs may not be available in Canada. The effectiveness of shelters in preventing violence against women is unknown. Primary care practitioners may also be asked, either by their male patients, or the partners of their male patients, about the effectiveness of programs for male batterers. The CTF concludes that there is conflicting evidence regarding the effectiveness of batterer interventions (with or without partner participation) in reducing rates of further domestic violence.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 2001
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Domestic Violence
  • Spouse Abuse
  • Women
Organisation Name: Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care
Contact Address: Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, 100 Collip Circle, Suite 117, London, ON, N6G 4X8, Canada. Tel: 519-858-5181; Fax: 519-858-5112
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Copyright: Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC)
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