Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

First multi-site study to examine intimate partner violence screening in VA facilities

Women veterans may be at increased risk for experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV), and some Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities have initiated routine screening of female patients for past-year IPV. This study presents the first examination of clinical IPV screening of 8,885 women who sought care at 13 facilities nationwide.


Nearly one in ten women screened positive for having experienced IPV during the past year. Women who were younger, married, or who had served in the most recent conflict era or experienced sexual assault or harassment during military service were at higher risk.


The research by a team led by Penn Medicine assistant professor and Ortner Center Faculty Fellow Melissa E. Dichter, was published in the February 2017 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine